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Title:Gender, Politics and Democracy: kuvaka patsva (reconstructing) - the discourse
Author:Jirira, Kwanele Ona
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
Equality and Liberation
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Politics and Government
political science
Abstract:In Africa debates on politics and democracy are carried on within the context of the hegemonic patriarchal State and an equally patriarchal household/private sphere. The fact that women within these contexts are not given equal space to voice their concerns or to ensure their visibility is not even problematized. There is a need to 'kuvaka patsva' (reconstruct) the discourse on gender, politics and democracy so that it becomes reflective of gender relations at the most socially significant levels of society. This paper analyses how the gender-politics-democracy debate has been discussed within the African, and in particular, Zimbabwean context. It deals with gender and the politics discourse; the reinforcement of political power and the institutionalization of patriarchy in the realm of politics; gender and politics in Zimbabwe; the depoliticization of women in Zimbabwean politics; the democracy debates and the gender discourse; parliamentary politics and 'bourgeois' democracy; Bingu wa Mutharika's vision of an African democracy; the problem of transparency and accountability in hierarchical power relations; the democracy debate in Zimbabwe; and the role of the State. Bibliogr., notes, ref.