The men sit in the house waiting to be served while the women slave away all day – peeling, chopping, cooking, cleaning and minding the children. The men discuss important matters and call for more beer every once in a while…
“A couple of grade seven girls said to me oh my gosh, why aren’t you wearing a bra? You look so disgusting! I was so broken. It still gets me so emotional”
Years after I graduated from junior parliament, I still wonder how many more young women shy away from governance because the system is not friendly towards them. Defeated, they allow themselves to take the role of chess pawns…
If he slaps you, walk away. If he pushes you around, walk away. If he beats you up – even if it is just once – walk away. By staying, you enable him.
ilizwi263 stands for equality for all, human rights and, in particular, the rights of women, a position which is mirrored in our content.
When I was about four, I witnessed something hauntingly gruesome that I can never erase from my memory even if I tried. My friends and I were playing by the small dust road overlooking our neighbours’ house. Right there, with my four year old eyes, I witnessed…
Living in a house across from ours was a girl called Sarah who was my age. Sarah was, in my eight year old eyes a very beautiful girl and it occurred to me at some stage that she should become my girlfriend.
Vivian was married for 14 years. Until she told her husband she is HIV positive. That was a turning point in her life.
The evidence is irrefutable. Where are the police, who do nothing but chase motorists at roadblocks – fundraising points – that outnumber traffic lights on Zimbabwe’s roads? Where is the uncle of this “Reese”character when his nephew is busy kicking women?
My experience at the hardware store took me by surprise, as it reminded of how acceptable and normal it still is to some people, to conclude that a woman can or cannot do certain things. It might have been one man who thinks women should stick to their gender role of knitting, but my experience in the store confirmed a few things about being a woman.