Women in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s political and economic problems have been ongoing for more than a decade. The coalition government formed by the main political parties in 2009 has not been able to bring the country out of the crisis.
The political and economic instability coupled with gender inequality worsens women’s situation, pushing them further into poverty.
Some of the challenges women face are:
- Violence including domestic violence, sexual violence and rape
- HIV and AIDS infection which is increased by violence and inequalities in marriages and relationships
- Limited representation and participation in decision making
Womankind’s work in Zimbabwe
Womankind’s work in Zimbabwe began in 1998. Our early work supported projects that:
- increased public awareness on violence against women
- provided legal services and counselling to women survivors
- campaigned for the enactment of women’s rights laws.
We have continued to work in these areas and since 2005 extended our support to increasing women’s participation in politics and peace building.
We have built partnerships with strong women’s rights organisations, supporting the strengthening of the Zimbabwean women’s movement.