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Women in Zimbabwe have called for the repealing of repressive and unjust
laws such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the
Public Order and Security Act and the Broadcasting Services Act, which
should be replaced by legislation that takes the needs of the citizens into

by Tony Saxon

This came out at Women’s Rights Forum stakeholders’ meeting held in the city
last week. In an interview with The Zimbabwean on the sidelines of the
meeting, Susan Makoni, from the Women in Action Zimbabwe said freedom of
expression must be a guaranteed right.

“Media freedom should take the needs of the citizens into consideration and
should recognise the right to freedom of expression and association of
Zimbabwean women,” she said. Makoni added that women in Zimbabwe demanded
the right to form and hold opinions.

“We should be able to have and express opinions without fear. Women should
have the freedom of print, electronic and artistic media. The government has
an obligation to guarantee these fully and encourage an environment that
limits control and censorship,” she said. “Women are not being given the
chance to express their views especially in the state media like Herald and
ZBC. We are being sidelined by these state papers, as our views are
perceived to be anti- Zanu (PF),” she said.

She added that media production houses must have a stipulated quota of
women-related issues. “The Zimbabwe media commission should play the
monitoring role on this issue,” she added.

Makoni felt that gender training should be introduced at all journalism
schools to ensure that reporters were not gender blind in their reporting.


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