Winfred Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela (1937-2018)

Image courtesy of kpbs.org   You were the rock that supported the struggle’s foundation Fearless and determined you looked apartheid in the eye and it blinked They tried to kill your spirit but you stood firm Patriarchy judged and tormented you People of privilege spat on your revolutionary armour But, you Nomzamo refused to back…

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Too Overwhelmed – I Cried

When the news broke that Robert Gabriel Mugabe had resigned I broke down. I cried not because I would miss him but because under his rule our hope and dreams were viciously crushed. I could not stand. I could not walk. I tried to sit but I could not. In between communicating with my daughter in…

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Sometimes People Need More 

When a woman is wondering how to share the last piece of bread among her two or more hungry children, the last thing she wants to hear is your sermon about having faith. Faith is not going to feed, clothe or keep those children sheltered. It is easy when you have a job, a home, are…

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Mashoko Enyu Andibaya Vehama

This is for all the women who have been belittled, treated like filth and whose voices have been sacrificed at the altar of patriarchy. This is for all the women who have been deprived of the dignity to mourn their loved ones without accusing fingers pointing at them, slicing through their whole being or being…

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Mnangagwa: Writing Was On The Wall

Zimbabwe’s former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa (Pic by Angela Jimu)   President Robert Mugabe on 6 November fired one of his two Vice Presidents, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. This comes after weeks of an increasingly untenable relationship and a weekend of high drama. Mnangagwa stands accused of among other things, “disloyalty, disrespect, deceit and being unreliable”. This…

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Rape of The Female Vote

When will the life of a woman matter? When will rape be considered heinous enough to be taken more seriously and be punished not rewarded? Why does in 2017 an election partnership trump the rape of a woman? Can there ever be any excuse for any political party to join hands with a rapist in…

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Women Are More Than Breasts and Butts

The social media is a minefield brazenly occupied by both bullies and misogynists. Twitter is a world that attracts the clever, the articulate, the sane and insane in equal measure.   One day on Twitter can be intellectually stimulating and then the next can be emotionally traumatising. It is a platform where clever and stimulating…

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#Rita We Have a Right to Vote

Disempowering In the last few days, I like so many other women who believe in women’s rights were both saddened and outraged by the suggestion by the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, Justice Rita Makarau, that women who hold no title to their homes should ask their husbands to write them letters as proof…

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Lost on the way (Still a Wife, Just not Yours)

The Woman I have Always Been   I make music in places I never knew existed. My whole body is an orchestra. You see Liberty was my very first lover. I have never had anyone else to compare him to. What I do know now is that the brother has skills but they are totally…

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Gazing Into What Future?

It is a great leap of faith for anyone battling rising unemployment and possible starvation to think or even imagine life in four months’ time let alone in 2018. Zimbabweans would have to survive the current drought, an economy now only serving a few and the tragedy of a government that is struggling to get…

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