Women fight back

MUTARE - Women in Zimbabwe have called for the repealing of repressive and unjust laws such as Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and Broadcasting Services Act (BSA), which should be replaced by a legislation that takes the needs of the citizens into concern.

This came out at a Womens Rights Forum meeting held in the city this week. Petca Gwashure, from the Womens Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCZ), said freedom of expression must be a guaranteed right. 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.

She added that media production houses must have a stipulated quota of women related issues to cover, over a period, or an issue to ensure past imbalances addressed.

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