Using The Law To Enhance Women’s Representation And Participation At All Levels Of Political Structures in Zimbabwe
This report presents the findings from a baseline study conducted by WLSA in selected sites in Nyanga and Makoni. The focus of the study is on using the law to enhance women’s representation and participation at all levels of political structures in Zimbabwe. For most people, politics is viewed at a very high level and in a country such as Zimbabwe where politics pervades all aspects of life, this may cause certain levels of discomfort. Indeed, one organisation that we wanted to partner with turned us down because its Board decided that the project was “political” and would fall outside its mandate since it is apolitical. As WLSA, we take a very broad view of politics and we postulate that the starting place for politics is in the home. Women face significant barriers to their full and equal participation in political structures and institutions that govern their lives and these are such barriers as gender inequalities, violence, lack of knowledge on rights and how to access them. For instance violence against women leads to lack of confidence and self-esteem. An abused woman becomes unassertive and lacks confidence to participate in political structures let alone to represent other women at any levels of policy and decision making.
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