Women parliamentarians and the case for their political relevance in Zimbabwe: Feminist perspectives (2005-2017).
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This study examines the political relevance of the participation of women parliamentarians in Zimbabwe. The study interrogates the capability, capacity, and effectiveness of women MPs in executing their political obligations in Zimbabwe. The study also traces the historical background of political participation of women MPs from the colonial period to the present day Zimbabwe. The study further traces the challenges that women MPs have encountered in their political endeavours. This study employs a qualitative case study design and makes use of Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews with 20 respondents comprising of some of women MPs in Zimbabwe, Feminist academia, some of Academic lecturers and representatives from women’s organizations and dominant political parties. Documentary search and desk research was also used in a bid to understand the relevance of the political participation of women MPs in Zimbabwe. The theoretical framework used in this research consists of the liberal and Marxist Feminist theories. The analysis of results is based on findings from FGDs, desk study, documentary search and in- depth interviews. This study argues that few women MPs in Zimbabwe have capacity and capability of executing their political mandate. However, they continue to face obstacles in their political participation which includes: male dominance, limited resources, lack of unity amongst women, low levels of education and low numbers in decision making positions and these challenges have impacted negatively on their political relevance. This study argues that the GoZ should implement effectively policies that are meant to empower women. Capacity building for women in politics is needed if political relevance of women MPs is to be appreciated in Zimbabwe.
Additional Citation InformationBanda, W. (2017). Women parliamentarians and the case for their political relevance in Zimbabwe: Feminist perspectives (2005-2017). [Unpublished masters thesis]. University of Zimbabwe, Harare.
University of Zimbabwe