Zimbabwe: Violent politics deters women from standing as candidates in elections

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Zimbabwe: Violent politics deters women from standing as candidates in elections

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Zimbabwe main opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance supporters lead by Nelson Chamisa march for electoral reforms to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in the streets of the capital Harare. (Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe is scheduled to hold elections in 18 months’ time, but women are reluctant to have their faces appear on ballot papers.

Women here know only too well that in politics, sticks and stones literally break bones, and name-calling is part of the gladiatorial politics in a country where each election cycle is greeted with violence. From party primaries to national elections, the violent nature of the contests is the history of Zimbabwe, with little being done to provide safe spaces for women candidates.

Click here to read the full article published by Mail & Guardian on 8 January 2022.

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