A press statement released last week by the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) in response to the overview given by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), clearly outlined the obstacles that are still in the way of women’s equal participation ahead of the 2018 elections. Last week, the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and…Details
They have not learned
to listen to the growling dreams
of young children suffocating under
their unshaven, stinky underarms.
They have not heard the ticking time bomb of resentment
echoing across hungry stomachs.
It is never talked about openly. It is hardly even whispered about. In all my research and readings in preparation for our first child l did not come across it even on Google. The labour room is shrouded in a thick swaddle of mystery and miracles all wrapped around each other and labour room poop…Details
Struggle is in every breath we take each day the sun breaks It is the forgotten dream, a child buried before birth, scattered in old wry smiles A generation of hope incinerated. Struggle is in the odour of strained bodies scrounging at the derelict factories trying to salvage a lost pension. It weighs on…Details
My blood is cold beneath my skin frozen with shame. They undressed me In front of a thousand strangers Stripped me of all pride and dignity Laughing, pointing at my withered breasts Hoping for subjugation they beat me Beat me in my nakedness Then they chained my hands, chained my feet Trapped me with dank…Details
The existence of Donald Trump in America’s Oval Office has no ‘alternative fact’ to it, the statistic that will recognise Kellayanne Conway as the first woman to successfully run an American presidential campaign also has no ‘alternative fact’ to it. However the clamouring and demands by some people (read men) for feminists and women in…Details
You loaded her tummy with bazookas Gently rubbed them hoping they would grow a head like you Too big to be contained in a woman’s arms Mother of the revolution, memories are a bayonet ripping through her intestines These words you throw recklessly are worms causing the wounds to fester. Long, long ago you turned…Details
At the age of three, Sam* was severely emaciated and could not walk or stand. He was living with his elder siblings, who, upon discovering Sam’s HIV status, neglected him. The little boy only survived on mandazi (Swahili Coconut Doughnut) and tea, resulting in severe malnutrition and tuberculosis. His case was referred to Childline Kenya,…Details
My body is a traffic light Missing amber in sequence Green means yes Red means no Nothing like somewhere in-between It does not come with a filter. My body does not sleep It is constantly aware. My body is allergic to hurtful words It shrinks at the sound of them It is not…Details
The first time he hit me we were in public. I was at the passport office and it is a busy place-as you can imagine; with long queues winding from every counter and sweaty people gathered in stuffy waiting rooms. He called to ask where I was, and when he found me, he slapped me…Details