50pc or nothing for Zim women as 2018 beckons

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor With only a few months left before the onset of the 2018 parliamentary and Presidential elections gets underway, preparations for the plebiscite have begun in earnest. Campaign wheels are already in motion right across the length and breadth of the country. Unlike previous years, when women would line up to vote,…
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Relocation throws polygamist (94) on the horns of dilemma

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Ninety-two-year-old Phillimon Jowani Kayiboni is a troubled man. After winning his battle with Anjin Investments of China to have adequate accommodation for all his 14 wives and his brood after being relocated from Bocha to pave way for diamond mining, Mr Kayiboni thought his woes were over. He was soon to realise…
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Mhangami Bulawayo’s own nightingale

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Profile When Elizabeth Vimbai Mhangami finished her studies in the United States, she decided to retrace her footsteps to Zimbabwe and establish how best she could contribute to the economy. She took her first flight home in 2009 at the height of the hyper inflationary period when most of her peers were leaving…
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Zim nurse thrives in war zone

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Profile Nurses shuffle into the emergency room – an army of white coats, with hopeful, patient smiles. They stand in around the bed as they look at the wounded civilian whose legs have to be amputated to save his life. Gunshots can be heard from Mosul, in Northern Iraq, which is 20km away…
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Rev McLaren speaks truth to power

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor Women are often regarded as “the backbone of” the Christian congregation not only in Zimbabwe, but across the globe. Yet pulpits for conventional or traditional churches in Zimbabwe remain male-dominated spaces. Over 2000 years since the death of Jesus, eyebrows are raised, churches split, pews empty and recommendation letters get lost along…
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