Zimbabwe

“There’s an act of dfiance ien going onstage,” says Rudo Chigudu, “Because everything about our stories is private…. When young women get married they’re told, ‘Don’t air your dirty laundry in public,’ [yet] the woman next door knows you’ve been beaten because you ran down the street half naked. But you’re still supposed to pretend that it’s [violence] this very private thing and you’re supposed to contain it.
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"The things that I now recognize as activism are things I’ve been doing for years. Questioning basic things like the hierarchies in school and the home – recognizing injustices, getting angry about them, and then in small ways starting to do something about them. When you know something’s wrong, you say something because you can’t be silent."
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The dust is yet to settle in Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe was re-elected for the eighth time amidst serious suspicions of widespread vote-rigging. For many the question is: What will happen next?
“They’re already neck-and-neck, heading for a run-off!” That’s a running joke on the streets of Harare as we wait for July 31, the day of Zimbabwe’s national elections.
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Dudziro Nhengu gives us a glimpse of life in Harare as elections approach and shares insights on the contradictions and complexities of (women's) resistance in a challenging, often violent and repressive context.
As the next election cycle approaches in Zimbabwe, formulating joint strategies to deal with an established pattern of political violence against women activists while ensuring their safety, security and wellbeing is vital.
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“I feel like I have choices. Like whether or not I want to bear children. Feminism has allowed me to think that there’s more than doing what you’re ‘supposed’ to do — you have a right to choose.”
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A few weeks ago, I attended a discussion on Land Grabbing in Zimbabwe. As a Zimbabwean who grew up on a farm, I assumed I knew everything there was to know about this issue.
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Shereen Essof and Maggie Mapondera ask, 'what's in a partnership?'
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On the heels of the Constitutional referendum, JASS SNA Regional Coordinator, Shereen Essof  launched her book, SheMurenga: The Zimbabwe Women’s Movement 1995-2000 in Harare and led a five women panel of dynamic and storied feminist activists spanning generations of organizing in Zimbabwe.  
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