Patriarchy and poverty - the voice of the forgotten rural women

By Kudakwashe Chakabva

Last week the world celebrated the International Women’s Day, a day observed in different fashions from fine speeches, pomp gatherings and of course highly celebrated on social media. But as this happened it was just like any other day for rural women in Mbire, Mashonaland Central, so deeply entrenched and ravaged by patriarchy yet living so far away from the speeches and not even aware of the celebrations.

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Chaotic land reform haunts many in Raffingora, Mash West

By Kudakwashe Chakabva

The growth of a nation must be measured by the degree at which it enlarges the capabilities and enrich the lives of its entire people. Consumption must be shared; it must strengthen social growth and facilitate human development. This growth must be sustained without mortgaging the choices of future generations. Inequalities have persisted between sexes and ethnic groups choking back the measures that increase consumption and options. Buoyed inequality often leads to increased prevalence of human poverty and more disturbing is when communities are ignorant of these inequalities and accepted them as part of their life passed on from generation to generation.

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Empowering young women through entrepreneurial projects

By Danny Nyamushamba

Young women from Chiveso village, Bindura District in Mashonaland Province are successfully running a fish project as a way of sustaining their livelihoods. The project is coordinated by Institute for Young Women Development Trust, a local community based organisation based in Bindura, and supported by an international organisation called IDEX with the main aim of strengthening young women’s voices in their communities.

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Provision of maternity health care still a concern in Mat South

Pregnant women in Matabeleland South province, especially in rural areas have to endure travelling long distance to the nearest health centre to get maternal health services, a situation that resulted in many giving birth at home without proper delivery services leading to complications and subsequent deaths of both the mother and the child.

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