By Memory Nzula
The 50/50 equal human rights continues to be just a myth as the suppression of women is still a big challenge in the different spheres of influence. In a country like Zimbabwe with very learned people, it is a sad or rather disheartening issue that some of these educated men posses, “Chauvinistic tendencies which are futher engulfed by patriacal societies.
Women are doing the most out there, personified with the, “mustard seed,” they are doing greater things, soaring high. Some have even ventured into the so called, “male dominated” industries: the science fraternity, into technology, engineering, as well as Mathematics.But how many times are these, “mighty” and “women of substance,” celebrated, l bet this remains a rhetorical question with no specific answers to it. Rather they continue to be labelled as the, “weaker vessels,” “baby making machine” and “home defenders” as they are expected to stay at home and take care of families, whislt men are given all the opportunities to explore and become “heroes,”saving the nations.
Their sexual reproductive health rights continue to be violated, at times as a result of their career choices. For example, women in the science factor encounter challenges in maintaining long lasting relationships as they are considered to be somehow too educated to stay in relationships. Some if they are lucky to be married, they are expected to leave their jobs and stay at home as fulltime housewives, this infringes their rights.
However, there are women out there who have stood up and took a stand in bridging the gender power gaps in our country by venturing into these male dominated industries. Making it a point that through their efforts the 19% : 39% (1:3) ratio between the boys and the girls is improved as they also empower those who are following into their footsteps, being the light unto their paths.
In an interview with a Molecular scientist at a female only led laboratory, Silindiwe Bahle Ngwenya, she said that women are afraid of reaching greater heights because of the fear of being considered failures, being judged and being discriminated. She further said that,
” Women are going up ladders…”
as it is their sole duty to serve as good influence to younger girls.
In another interview with Rumbidzai. T. Chitsa a final year Applied Biology and Biochemistry student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), who is also the founding director of Feindica Pvt Ltd and of the Whole Woman Movement, she also testified to the gender discrimation in the science fraternity as a lot of men are in the top positions as they are propelled to aim higher to achieve more depriving women of the same privilege.
She also added the remarks that women in this generation should rise up and take up space through partaking in the various women empowerment programs.
With all of this said and done, we believe that it is the duty of men to appreciate women, preach women empowerment in the different places they meet either the parliament, their work places or even beerhalls. Let us create a society infested with men who are well equipped with the knowledge on the importance of woman and girls. Let us create gender balance in the different Tech hubs, acknowledge that women are capable of doing those things done by their male counterparts because at the end of it all, ” We are all human.”