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We all deserve the same rights

The society that we live in is increasingly becoming intolerant towards women, even though we have so many workshops, newspaper articles and chats about gender, but the woman who is especially vilified in Zimbabwe is the prostitute.

I was recently on my way home on public transport when a woman asked directions to a bar.  The passengers were helpfully gave her directions to the famous place.

But as soon as the woman got to her terminus and disembarked she was attacked left, right and centre. The whole kombi, an 18 seater, agreed that the woman was a prostitute.

I kept quiet and observed the woman bashing with an indifferent face. Yet inside I was seething, angry at a society so intolerant and judgemental.

I thought about the government stance on prostitutes, how it extends to every tier of society and the same thought kept popping up in my head, even prostitutes deserve rights, like any other Zimbabwean.

They are so many drivers of prostitution chief of which is poverty.  In Zimbabwe poverty has reached astounding proportions.

What distresses me so much is that women are abused simply for standing in avenues, accused of soliciting, while the men who pay for their services are not touched.

I am not an activist but on a number of occasions I find myself leaping to defend the voiceless. I have nothing against prostitutes or gays and I pray our politicians start preaching tolerance, for if they do not we will so easily see the mob frenzied, launching into attacks on the minority victims in society, individuals spurred by our own politicians.

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koketso says:

After many years of Zimbabweans rapidly filtering into South Africa, no, i have never heard one mentionng how they are planning to win back their freedom and economic stability. it seems, it never crosses their mind that South Africa is meant to be temporary for them. They are so quick to condemn the social norms of this country (women wrecklessness, fatherlessness, them being deprived of bursaries and jobs, our pathetic leadership, how we legalise every promiscuous law…) and forget that they are the cause of half our problems with their pretentiousness.

it took high school pupils, fathers and mothers with babies on their backs to fight bullets head-on to remove out tyrant. we did not just cross our fingers and hope Apartheid dies. sadly, a bruised father-absetism culture has run down fro generation to generation and poligamy because our dads would leave for months to seek work in the mine. however, Zimbabweans claim that they are too literall to undergo such barbarism. ironically, their literacy has not earned them a dime.
our children sometimes get jobs and bursaries that Zimbabweans feel they deserve. perhaps there lies some truth in that. understand something. inheritnce. ther are things in ones life that one never had to work for. for instance, your parents may be able to pay your fees cause they opted to study and get jobs. They must first try to solve their own politics instead of throwing such negative speech on South African issues.

The biggest question is, are they cowards ans when are they solving their issues and returning to motherland? we’ve all had to fight some giant!

Submitted by koketso on 6 October 2012 - 4:46pm

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