Women in Zimbabwe are treated as second class citizens. Generally Zimbabwean society is male dominated by virtue. It is the land of the patriarchs. Whatever trends that are set in Zimbabwean political circles they tend to be replicated in all the other spheres of Zimbabwean life. In Zimbabwe the dictates of politics trickle down into all other avenues of society.
By Charity Ndebele
Male dominance in politics is the “life blood” though these organisations pay great lip service to the rhetoric of women’s liberation and stemming the ugly spectra of gender violence.
The curved-out roll for women is that of praise singer affirming the security and image of the male leadership. In theory female politicians can rise to any level, but a firm glass ceiling has been set at the office of Vice-President.
In fact, when one looks closely at the role that women play in politics, one is very much reminded of the Second Class Citizen role because women are usually expected to take positions in Women, Community or Gender roles.
However, when women politicians attempt to find a role outside these curved-out areas, then the hornet’s nest is disturbed because the male politician becomes extremely uncomfortable and hot under the collar.
This mistreatment of female politicians as second class citizens is epitomised by former MDC Vice President Thokozani Khupe and former Zanu PF Vice President Joice Mujuru who were both booted out of Zimbabwe’s two major political parties when they tried to run for the top job.
Women, therefore must demand equality in politics and other spheres of life in Zimbabwe, after all women are over 50 % of the population and workforce.
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