When I was in law school, we debated the acceptability or otherwise of corporal punishment and I recall students from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia voicing their support. The South African students were mortified. Further discussions with peers from countries where … Continue reading Spare the rod and spoil the child…or is it?
Rape is a horrendous act whose destructive effects can plague the survivor for the rest of their life. It is an experience that most survivors can … Continue reading The aftermath of rape: The untold story
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August brought to the fore a number of race-related issues in South Africa. Much of what happened in August, and continues to this day, is hardly new nor surprising. To me, August represented a… Continue reading Addressing Racism: The Ones Who Must Listen, Don’t
“Mbuya Nehanda kufa vachishereketa, kuti tinotora sei nyika ino? Shoko rimwe ravakatiudza tora gidi uzvitonge.” Without a doubt, most Zimbabweans are familiar with this song; a … Continue reading Of skulls and diesel…
From the moment the first cramp hits it feels like someone has just shoved a huge hand up her vagina into her uterus and is now ripping out all of her insides with the force of a hundred men. The … Continue reading “Bleed it out,” he thought, “Are you OK?,” he asked
What happened to the Ripe ‘n Ready girls? We all had crushes (no Mazoe) on them right? Who doesn’t remember-slash-miss, “Are you ready? I’m ready! Ripe … Continue reading Reflections on ZBC: Whatever happened to the Ripe n’ Ready Girls?
Hi, my name is Ottilia and I really don’t care about Cecil the lion. I had been thinking it for days. I’d hinted at it in conversation. I’d made some glib remarks on twitter. I wasn’t sure I’d say it “out … Continue reading ‘Cecil’ was not my beloved… but his death made me think
Induku enhle iganyulwa ezizweni Ian Palmer, a British South Africa Police reservist from East Lancashire sits in the common room of Manfred House at the University … Continue reading What if? A story untold
I used to laugh at how people speak English. I laughed because they could not pronounce English words according to how I thought they should be pronounced. Now, for me, it no longer matters how people pronounce words (even though … Continue reading In the grips of English: The language conundrum
I walked into the living room and was horrified to find that I could not watch a telenovela directed by a friend of mine because my father was … Continue reading Digitise or go dark?: But we have been in the dark!
Last week Johannes Tomana, Prosecutor General in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in the Republic of Zimbabwe, declared in an interview with the Chronicle newspaper, that 12 year old girls should be allowed to have sex and … Continue reading Leadership, not the law, continues to fail girls
I first came to South Africa in 2003 to study. My husband, also a Zimbabwean, moved to South Africa around the same time I did. I … Continue reading Shaping identity: Seeing the world through our children’s eyes
“What does it mean to be Zimbabwean, to be African?” A question I frequently grapple with. As a child of the diaspora, my relationship with Zimbabwe is a complicated one. I am an American. I was born in the United States, … Continue reading The road less traveled: Bringing gender issues home
I moved back home a couple of months ago. I had spent the last two years yearning to return, but I have found my short time … Continue reading Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness
The marriage of new technologies to old colonial ideologies has created a context where consumers can purchase “racial capital” through skin bleaching creams or cosmetic surgeries. The use of skin bleaching creams is on the rise in Zimbabwe and the … Continue reading Part II: The deep colour conundrum in the many shades of brown