Feminist ‘Chronicles’ Month


2011 is coming to an end. What a year! For me it ends with heartbreak because I lost the love of my life. It however also ends with hope because I gained a lot of insight into love and relationships.

The month of January, the month of new beginnings is around the corner; ushering in a new and clean, fresh slate. A time for renewal as each individual sets his/her own New Year’s Resolutions.

It is no surprise therefore that I formed my own resolutions driven by my love and passion in this field called women’s rights. This field that many have mocked and defined as candle heat just hot enough to burn a fly but not hot enough to roast a bird. In other words, women’s right have at times been dismissed as useless and a boatful of garbage.

Umm, I wonder whether women’s rights are really that fickle. Some people have dismissed feminism, pitching it as a travesty to mankind, erosion to societal values and well being a catalyst to moral degradation and decadence.

I wonder why masculinity, as it is currently (most times) exhibited, characterised by male pomposity, domination and arrogance has not been viewed as the real catalyst of these notions currently and (misguidedly) attributed to feminism.

But that was a digression. The real story for today is my new year’s resolution. I have looked around and seen the women in my country. In them I have seen so much.

Beauty

Strength

Courage

Fortitude

Resilience

Inventiveness

In their myriad forms, shapes and sizes, they are a beauty to behold.

I chose to feature 30 of them this year on my blog, profiling their work and the amazing things they have done for my beautiful motherland.

Of course most people would want to know what criteria I used to choose the 30 women I have chosen.

Oh well, for now I will just say read the profiles of these women in this coming month and you will know just why I chose them…


6 responses to “Feminist ‘Chronicles’ Month

  • $hingi

    dear Ma dube, my name is Shingi and right now l am in high school. the problem is my parents want me to be a doctor when i grow up, i to do but what i really want or wanted to be was a pilot. The thought of that just cheered me up and i was so dissappoint to let go of my dream. :( NEED ADVICE. love $hi

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  • Judy Kugelmass

    Madube — Thank you for introducing me to the courageous women in Zibabwe. Many of us in the West take our rights forgranted . We forget that we have had the right to vote for less than 100 years and that many in other places may have that right on paper but still live in fear. The struggle for women’s rights continues. I shall encourage as many as I can to read the stories posted on the “Feminist Chronicles.”

    Judy

    • madubesbrainpot

      Thank you Judy. Even I used to take my rights for granted until things changed and I had to stand up and fight for them myself. Some people, here in Zimbabwe, see what I do as crazy and a waste of time, even. I hear people who declare that as long as I have enough to feed my family and live comfortably then I will stay away from politics. Of course there is no way in which, I as a lawyer can stay away from politics given that the divide between the law and politics is very hard to read. After all it is the politicians (the legislature) that make the law and it is my prerogative to read the law and interpret it in context. But I thank you for your support, always.

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