Marginalization Of Women In Politics Still Very Much Alive

Recent political studies have shown that women represented by a woman  are more interested and become more involved in politics and feel more skilled and effective than those represented by men. 

However, the marginalization of women by structural deformities in our cultural, social, religious and political stereotypes has somewhat caused a decline in women political participation. 

In Zimbabwe under the “new dispensation”, patriarchy, intertwined with the increase in militarized masculinities, is  believed to have produced an  exclusion with limited spaces for women as evidenced by a mere 15% of female contestants in the 26 March by-elections, a development that signals a steady decrease in women political participation as a result of entrenched stereotypes.

On a positive note, as of 2015, women in every country in the world have the right to vote; the first nation to grant female suffrage was New Zealand in 1893, and the last country was Saudi Arabia in 2015. Today, several countries are led by females and some countries, such as Finland, also have a cabinet dominated by women. These achievements have been possible in large part thanks to gender equality measures. 

Analysts have however argued that progress is slow and uneven. Women are still underrepresented in politics, parliaments and public life worldwide.

“Attitudes towards women candidates are still largely characterized by deeply ingrained stereotypes, and political opponents will often use those stereotypes to question women’s capabilities, a challenge women face time and again in politics”, said Millicent Marume, a political science student at the University of Zimbabwe.

“Although women are putting themselves forward for elections more and more, their numbers are still far behind those of men mainly because they

continue to be sidelined in decision-making processes and the stigma against them in politics is still alive and well. They continue to face structural, socioeconomic, institutional and cultural barriers”, she said.

Tackling those barriers takes effort on the part of every element of society whether it is government, civil society, the media, academia, the private sector and even men. 

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jah Prayzah’s Wife, Rufaro

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Jah Prayzah and Wife

As the saying goes, ‘Behind every successful man there is a woman’. This statement resonates well with the much loved Jah Prayzah who over the years has grown as a musician locally and otherwise. His wife, Rufaro Chiworeso has been quietly cheering him on and her humble demeanor has gained her many fans.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Mrs Mukombe..

1.November is her birthday month. Although her actual age is not known, November the 3rd is the day she was born. Every year Jah Prayzah takes to social media to celebrate his wife’s birthday with a few cute pictures

2. She has stuck with JP through the good and the bad. Before the superstar was sharing the stage with big names like Diamond Platinum, Davido or Jah Cure, he was hustling to make a name for himself in the music industry like everyone else. According to JP, during those hard times Rufaro was there for him and they wavered the storm together which he says he greatly appreciates

3. Rufaro is actually Jah Prayzah’s second wife. She got married to the singer after his union with his first wife soured.

4. She is a mother to 5 children.. 4 of which are biologically hers and Mukudzei Jnr, Jah Prayzah’s first child from his previous marriage. Of the 4, 3 are beautiful girls and a son the couple welcomed in 2020.

5. In 2015, Rufaro had to shrug off romantic connections between her husband and Henrietta Rushwaya following the surfacing of bedroom pictures of the two. Over the years Wagwizi has been accused of becoming too close to other women, including his dancers. It seems the Mrs has become a pro at handling her husband’s infidelity allegations behind closed doors.

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