Women call for the provision of free sanitary pads

BY Takudzwa Mahove

Women's rights groups and activist are now calling for free sanitary pads as has been done with condoms as prices of the commodity continue to be out of reach for ordinary citizens despite a suspension of import duty by the Minister of Finance late last year.  

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Women, girls burdened by water cuts and other service delivery shortcomings

By Makhosi Sibanda and Busi Bhebhe

Bulawayo residents this week entered a third round of a water rationing regime imposed by the city’s council to reduce consumption and try to stretch dam supplies longer. This has as usual imposed a heavy burden on women and girls whose default role is to find alternatives when such basic necessities run short. 

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High transfer fees costing widows inheritance

By Makhosi Sibanda

THE Bulawayo City Council has challenged civic society organizations to lobby government to reduce property transfer charges, amid reports that scores of widows in the city fail to claim ownership of houses belonging to their deceased spouses.

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Female film producer shines internationally

By Faith N Tori

She has broken many odds against gender and stereotype by becoming an ambassador in the Zimbabwean film industry representing women. Monalisa Mupambashe has been involved in the arts,  culture and entertainment industry for the past 15 years .Her work has not gone unnoticed in radio, television, film writing, production coordination and line production. 

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Fuel price hikes, shutdown have killed our small businesses; women

By Lungile Moyo

Following the violence and looting that characterised the shutdown called by activists around Zimbabwe to protest fuel price hikes about two weeks ago; some business women, traders and entrepreneurs have lamented that despite a guarantee that the protest would be peaceful, it turned out to be a twist of fate to them as they lost a lot of property and business.

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Army policy may purge already scarce women from Army ranks 

 

By Lungile Moyo

The move by the Zimbabwe Defence forces (ZDF) to enforce a policy forbidding ZDF officers from espousing non -commissioned members may disadvantage a number of female officers says women’s rights groups. 

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Women fall victim to corrupt land-barons

By Makhosi Sibanda and Busi Bhebhe

“Eviction” is a term that has become increasingly familiar to Zimbabweans over the past decade as one of the most visible symbols of poverty and economic misfortune.

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Bulawayo Council health centres understaffed, overwhelmed

By Makhosi Sibanda

THE Bulawayo City Council says it is struggling to cope with the demand for maternity health care services owing to an employment freeze policy by the Government which has seen the local authority leasing out some of its clinics to private players.

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Communities receive training on child protection rights

 

By Loveness Nyathi 

Trinity Project, a local civil society organisation (CSO), last week held two training sessions in Inyathi and Ntabazinduna communities of Matabeleland North province with the aim of strengthening the capacity of Child Protection Committees (CPCs), Village Health Workers and community leaders to be able to respond to child protection issues related to the right to identity.

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Female Genital Mutilation still a big problem in some of Zimbabwe's rural communities

 Families free from FGM/C | by DFID - UK Department for International Development

By Faith N Tori

A Binga woman died after she had her genitals   mutilated in the hope that she would conceive .The deceased’s grandmother inlaw performed the procedure at her home in Siachilaba (Binga) using a razor blade. 

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"Black Wednesday" Campaign launched to draw attention to sexual assault on women and girls in ZImbabwe

 By Shamiso Chigonde 

A few weeks ago the nation witnessed protests that ended up in violence, looting, destruction of property and of late allegations of rape and various forms of sexual assaults on women and girls by soldiers sent out  by the state to quail the protests. 

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Women turn to traditional herbs to counter high medical costs

 

by Loveness Nyathi

Women in some parts of  Bulawayo and surrounding areas have resorted to traditional medicines and herbs for treatment following a series of hikes on medical treatment and consultation fees by general practitioners and specialist Doctors countrywide.

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Call for State to uphold children's rights

By Makhosi Sibanda

THE Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) on behalf of the Child Rights Coalition in Zimbabwe has expressed concern over reports and evidence on the arrest and detention of children accused of public violence. 

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Matabeleland CSOs appeal to sexual assault victims to report their ordeals

By Makhosi Sibanda

The Matabeleland Collective, a network of civic society organisations and Churches based in Bulawayo, has launched a bid to ascertain the number of women and girls who were allegedly raped during a crackdown by security service agents on protesters linked to the anti-fuel price hike protests which turned violent a fortnight ago.

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Teachers' strike negatively impacting girls' education: Parents

 By Lungile Mangena

Some women in Bulawayo have lamented the growing negative prospects of their girl children having a decent education and better future following news of a teachers strike which is currently taking place countrywide.

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Woman footballer "Kwinji" aims for FIFA qualification

By Loveness Nyathi

GROWING up in the dusty streets of Njube, a suburb in Bulawayo that once had the reputation of being a criminal haven, Zimbabwe’s senior women football team coach Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda never dreamt of one day making it to international corridors of soccer.

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Women may be afraid to report rape, sexual assault cases against army and police

By Lungile Moyo

 

Women may be afraid to report cases of rape and sexual assault against police and army personnel as only one case of rape has been reported and is being investigated in Mashonaland according to official government reports.

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