chers, who wore black to show solidarity with the victims of domestic violence, handed a petition to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai at Harvest House where they urged the opposition leader to call the MP to order. They charged that the statement made by Mubhawu was discriminatory and that he should apologise to all women.
Mubhawu told Parliament “single female MPs should get married” adding that the Domestic Violence Bill was “diabolical.”
Tsvangirai told the women marchers that the MDC did not support domestic violence. The MDC leader however chided the women saying they were being hypocritical because they did not protest when another woman, Lucia Matibenga, was savagely attacked by police while in police custody last month.
The placard-waving women proceeded to Parliament where they addressed Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma.
Women Coalition vice chairperson Regina Dumba told The Zimbabwean, “At a time when women are working hard and tirelessly to be in decision-making positions they are being forced back to domestication, which in the past has achieved very little for them. Analysed from a satirical, symbolic and ironic point of view this and other statements coming from male policy makers have serious implications for them in the near future.” – Gift Phiri
HARARE - About 200 women marched across central Harare on Tuesday protesting "discriminatory utterances" made by the Mabvuku MDC MP Timothy Mubhawu during the second reading of the Domestic Violence Bill insinuating that women should get married first before running for political office.