Articles tagged 'women'

Sex workers' tough job to survive 1 July 2018 HARARE - Being a sex worker is not a stroll in the park — it is very tough. For one to put food on the table and pay the bills, it's not just about the coitus, various tricks are employed in order to get the elusive dollar. For Priscilla Jack (not real name), it means using even criminal me...
Govt moves to curb childbirth injuries 30 June 2018 HARARE - The Health and Child Care ministry says it has put in place measures, including free surgery, aimed at curbing obstetric fistula — a debilitating injury resulting from giving birth. Obstetric Fistula is one of the most serious and tragic childbirth injuries leading to a hole between t...
Comesa calls for women empowerment 30 June 2018 HARARE - The Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) says there is need for Zimbabwe to implement policies that empower women. The regional bloc’s director for gender and social services Beatrice Hamusonde this week said the recent launch of the long-awaited Women Microfinance ...
Saudi women drive ban lifted 27 June 2018 RIYADH - Careem — the Middle East's answer to Uber — is aiming to change that in one of the most conservative societies in the world by recruiting Saudi women to take the wheel after a female driving ban was lifted on Sunday. Careem has received over 2,000 applications since announcing it woul...
Govt ups ante on cervical cancer 15 May 2018 HARARE - Government has commenced the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations which are targeting 800 000 girls as part of its concerted effort to fight cervical cancer. The vaccine which was first introduced in 2014 and piloted in Beitbridge and Marondera targets girls between the ages of 10...
Govt scraps maternity fees 31 December 2017 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has with immediate effect scrapped maternity fees and ordered the free treatment of children under the age of five, as well as all people above 65 years as part of its 100-day action plan. This comes as Zimbabwe remains one of the few countrie...
Zim struggles with maternal deaths 28 December 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is struggling to contain maternal deaths with the ministry of Health and Child Care revealing that at least 242 women died while giving birth in 2017, almost half the number of deaths recorded in 2016. Observers say the number could be higher since some cases are never report...
We all need to fight against rape 28 December 2017 EDITOR — I am alarmed at the rate at which women and especially children are being sexually violated by shameless individuals in our society. Everyday, reports of rape of both minors and women flood our media, and police stations while many others are unreported. I call upon the responsible...
Let's double efforts to end violence against women, girls 7 December 2017 HARARE - The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence comes against a back drop of increased media focus, thanks to more women that are survivors of gender based violence (GBV) speaking openly about their experiences. This is an opportune time to double our efforts to end violence aga...
Non-constituency MPs demand CDF money 9 November 2017 HARARE - Female proportional representative MPs are demanding to be given money from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), which is allocated to legislators to develop their constituencies by government. This comes as Parliament recently released $5 million towards the Fund, despite grave c...
Saudi Arabia finally allows women into sports stadiums 30 October 2017 RIYADH - Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year, officials say. Families will be able to enter the stadiums in three major cities - Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. It is another move towards giving more freedom to Saudi women, who face...
Prices of sanitary wear skyrocket 24 October 2017 HARARE - The price of sanitary wear has shot through the roof despite the fact that importers of raw materials used to manufacture them are not paying any duty at the ports of entry. Beginning this year, government scrapped duty on sanitary wear raw material to make the products affordable and...
Women must stand up and be counted 15 October 2017 HARARE - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, inherited a war-ravaged country and, with motherly hands, she has done exceptionally well in rebuilding her country. She will probably go down in history as one of the greatest leaders to ever...
Abortion must be legalised: Biti 11 October 2017 HARARE - Harare lawyer Tendai Biti has called on the government to legalise abortion, arguing hundreds of girls were dying attempting to illegally terminate pregnancies. Biti said this yesterday while addressing people at a Harare hotel, where the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) was conferred...
'Make polling stations accessible to women' 3 October 2017 HARARE - Polling stations should be located close to areas such as churches and shopping centres to make them more accessible to women, National Peace and Reconciliation Commission acting chairperson Lilian Chigwedere has said. She told the Daily News on the sidelines of a women and elections ...
NPP in bid to motivate female voters 21 September 2017 HARARE - Joice Mujuru's National People's Party (NPP) has kicked off a campaign to get female voters to the polls next year. The NPP is working in all districts around the country, targeting female voters whose numbers traditionally fall sharply in elections. In a statement, Mujuru's spokes...
Working together for Zim's sustainable development 20 September 2017 HARARE -The United Nations Team in Zimbabwe, in support of national development priorities and in partnership with development partners, reiterates its commitmentsarticulated under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF). The United Nations, through the ...
Less than 10pc of top executives are women 30 August 2017 HARARE - Fewer than one in 10 leaders at Zimbabwe's top companies are female, Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) research shows. ZGC chairperson Margaret Mukahanana- Sangarwe deplored the lack of progress in promoting women to executive roles. This comes as a study entitled Measuring Differen...
Zim failing to support breastfeeding: UN 3 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe is not doing enough to help mothers breastfeed their babies for the recommended minimum of six months, a UN-backed study has said, as it called for government to pass laws for paid maternity leave. Experts said investing in breastfeeding — which helps prevent infant deaths an...
'Parly can legislate for 50-50 gender parity' 19 July 2017 HARARE - National elections management body Zimbabwe Electoral Commisison (Zec)  has said the country presently has no law which recognises gender parity but Parliament can legislate for 50-50 representation to achieve the Women's Affairs committee's goal of having equal gender representation in ...
Zanu PF enticing women's vote 15 July 2017 HARARE - Government has opened discussions with countries in the BRICs with a view to acquiring 100 000 tractors for distribution to women. The BRICs is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. These are countries deemed to be at similar stage of newly advanced economic dev...
'Small house' judgment sparks debate 9 July 2017 HARARE - Women have expressed mixed feelings over a recent High Court judgment which awarded damages to a woman who was suing her hubby's “small house” for adultery. High Court judge Judith Mushore awarded $8 000 in damages to Corah Mahachi, 70, who was suing her hubby Taurayi Mungate's small ...
Push for woman to replace Mugabe 6 July 2017 HARARE - As the country gallops towards the eagerly-awaited 2018 national elections, calls for a woman to challenge President Robert Mugabe are getting louder with the Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) yesterday saying the time is now ripe for the country to have a woman leader. This comes as a...
Female MPs should be elected on merit 28 June 2017 EDITOR — I am responding to an article titled Female MPs demand more Parly seats in one of the Daily News editions last week where women  parliamentarians were demanding that the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act include clauses that create constituencies that are exclusively for women so ...
Mugabe dumps Zanu PF allies 9 June 2017 HARARE - As fears of another Zanu PF Bhora Musango in 2018 — internal rebellion by disgruntled Zanu PF officials and supporters — persist within the warring ruling party, President Robert Mugabe is becoming ever more reliant on the youth league, which yesterday said it had the capacity to effecti...