Grace letting women down

HARARE - Since women met at the emotive Beijing Conference in 1997 to map out strategies to wrestle concessions from men regarding their justified desire to participate in influential positions in various aspects of life, they have made significant progress towards that goal.

The number of women that have breached an erstwhile restrictive social policy of patriarchal dominance by men worldwide has gradually increased over time in industry, commerce and politics.

Concessions by men to purge gender discrimination has nourished a flourish in numbers of women in leadership positions to partial satisfaction of gender activists who have kept lobbying and reminding their male counterparts that a lot more needs to be done in this regard.

As a result, the world and Zimbabwe included, has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the number of women in executive positions.

Apart from the Indira Gandhi, Angela Merkel and Margaret Thatcher of this modern age, there are now a multitude of corporate executives in the boardrooms across nations.

While tremendous effort has been made to repudiate a native culture of perpetuating patriarchal dominance by men, Zimbabweans have been driven to scepticism about the necessity to advance along this course.

Zimbabwean males have been previously reluctant to venturing along the path of awarding women substantive leadership roles premised on perceived inborn jealous among them against each other’s success.

Recent events, where the First Lady, Grace Mugabe took every opportunity to hurl invectives against Vice President Joice Mujuru, describing her as incompetent have reinforced this long-held communal belief.

The disparagement has done more to unhinge whatever justification for women advancement that the Beijing Conference strove to achieve. Incidentally, when Mujuru was elevated to her current position, women chanted: Beijing!

Beijing, as an acknowledgement of what the conference in China sought to achieve.

They attributed Mujuru’s elevation to decisions that august conference had resolved.

Yet from the look of things, women seem eager to inflict a disservice on themselves by scheming to pull their own species down into the gutter.

Women have become their own worst enemies through depreciative actions against each other, giving the odd impression that they can only advance to higher echelons of administrative duties through men’s generosity and not on their own steam.

Such attitude among them implies women will always need hand-handling by men, without whose self-serving philanthropy they cannot achieve their aspirations for higher office in any organisation.

In a highly competitive world, women ought to close ranks and consort to ensure they leave a indelible mark on the world no matter how the odds and the barriers are staked against their favour; ramp up their self-esteem rather than slow down momentum that some of them have gained through self-harm.

Comments (3)

Infact, its Mai Mujuru who has let women down because of her corruption, Grace is actually correcting that by her bravery, she has dared what most idiots could not do,

reason - 29 October 2014

@reason. so your beloved Grace has no corruption of her own. pane asina kuba here in the Zanu pf of today? Reason better start acting like your name says not the opposite. black pot calling black kettle black

black pot calling black kettle black - 29 October 2014

they are both corrupt only that zvaGrace hazvibvunzwi. Grace showed her son from the Goreraza marriage and potrayed him as someone being victimised in a kwekwe mine wrangle whilst the truth is that the son is taking a mine from povo. are there people who are more zim than others. zanupf is full of greed and corrupt leaders wholly .

asi chii - 29 October 2014

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