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By her own admission, Grace Mugabe had captured Zim presidential powers

UPDATE – BREAKING NEWS: Robert Mugabe has resigned as President of Zimbabwe Any time is a long time in politics. It’s only last week that Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe stood before a cheering – and patronising – crowd of the apostolic church denomination in Zimbabwe and received showers of fake prophecies including by one gullible…

Five ways the media hurts female politicians — and how journalists everywhere can do better

Virginia García Beaudoux, Professor of Politics and Public Opinion, University of Buenos Aires What do we see when we look closely at media coverage of female politicians and political candidates? Headlines from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign (we)re indicative of the sexism and stereotypes that dominating much political reporting on women: “Hillary Clinton: Grandmother-in-chief?” (CBS News); “The…

Is Zimbabwe’s Joice Mujuru practicing femocracy?

by SALLY NYAKANYANGA | Zimbabwe Is Joice Mujuru an ally of women or is she practicing ‘femocracy?’ Various explanations have been given in relation to women who have managed to occupy spaces of power but then fail to push the women’s agenda forward. Nigerian feminist writer Amina Mama’s research paper published by CODESRIA entitled Feminism…

Why Zim women politicians are opting to run independently

by THELMA CHIKWANHA | Zimbabwe Linda Masarira is a name which needs no introduction in her home country and beyond. She is a prolific Zimbabwean political activist who has led various campaigns which gained international publicity, casting further light on the failures of the Zanu pf government in Zimbabwe.  The 35-year-old first rose to prominence…

God, how did I get here? : My story as a young widow

God, how did I get here? Why are we here? Are these the plan you a have for me?But God I am jobless, pregnant, I have a 3-year-old. Why God? Why me? Why now? Why him? These are all the questions I kept asking God as I cried the loudest cry I have ever heard world…

How to make a film like a girl with Racheal Namubiru

Racheal Hope Auma Namubiru is a female Ugandan writer and a member of Uganda Women Writers Association. She founded a theatre and film production company RHAN Production in 2016 to advocate for peace and justice through creative writing, theatre and film. She recently spoke to The IW’s Edinah Masanga (EM) via email. EM: I have…

Diplomatic spouse Mithi Aquino-Thomas on love, fashion & food

by GRACE MUTANDWA | Zimbabwe On a calm, beautiful day in Harare, I got the chance to meet Mithi Aquino-Thomas. As she rose to welcome me into her home I was struck by her flawless and stunning beauty, carried with poise. Dressed simply but tastefully she was a picture of elegance and looked like she…

Meet one of the women challenging Robert Mugabe in 2018

by GRACE MUTANDWA | Zimbabwe Zimbabwe goes back to the polls in 2018. The political terrain is still unpredictable and the odds favour the ruling party which has state resources at its disposal. New and younger political players breaming with confidence and more importantly fresh ideas have stormed onto the scene. Strategies and counter strategies…

Debut author Makwara: ‘Everyone has a powerful story’

EDINAH MASANGA | Zimbabwe Zim debut author Chiedza Makwara, also a communicator and speaker, believes ‘everyone has a powerful story.’ Makwara’s debut book, Bongile, was launched at the beginning of this month at a glamorous event in Harare and starts when the main character, whose name is the book’s title,  is on a bus, holding…

A feminist entertainer who prefers no underwear is making waves in Africa

By ALUTHA WA AZANIA in South Africa / GRACE MUTANDWA in Zimbabwe A feminist “who prefers no underwear” has captivated South Africa’s social scene. Even beyond her home country, in the Southern Africa region, her “controversial” dance moves are a scintillating and topical issue. Socialite Zodwa Rebecca Libram, popularly known as Zodwa Wabantu, has changed the…