Miles or Mirages?
Women and the Public Sphere in Zimbabwe
This book argues that women's active participation in the public sphere in Zimbabwe is still low.
The public sphere is still widely viewed as the prerogative of men.
At different times in history women have struggled to take an active part of the public sphere with certain degrees of successes.
With the developments of the international women's movement and current feminist discourses Zimbabwean women have gradually contested for more rights and opportunities in the predominantly male dominated domains like politics, higher education and the media.
This was made possible by the Government of Zimbabwe's adoption of gender policies aimed at reducing gender disparities and enhancing female participation and involvement in politics, economy and society at large.
The book also questions if women have made headway in their participation in the public sphere or they are just mirages considering the challenges they face and their low numbers in every sector of the public sphere.
The book concludes with some possible intervention strategies which could improve women's participation in the public sphere.
Enna Sukutai Gudhlanga is a full time lecturer at Zimbabwe Open University; Department of Languages and Media Studies.
She holds a BA Gen, BA Special Honours and Masters in African Languages and Literature from the University of Zimbabwe.
Her main concern is the ultimate self-definition and complete mastery of the African people''s own life.