Frontline journal story ideas
Jan 21, 2015
My frontline journal will be on women and the new constitution in Zimbabwe. It will focus on women’s rights that need to be included in a new democratic constitution as spelt out by more than 200 women during a women’s conference on the Constitution making process held at a local hotel on 17 July in Harare.
Zimbabwe is in the process of drafting a new people driven constitution as stipulated in Article 6 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) between the Zimbabwe African Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the two Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) Formation. The new constitution will replace the 1979 Lancaster House Constitution which the country has been using for the past 28 years.
The Lancaster House Constitution with its 19 amendments as of date has shortcomings and fails to address the rights of women such as economic, social and cultural rights. In addition, it does not protect women from violence and abuse.
My frontline journal will provide readers with the prevailing situation in Zimbabwe and reflect the degree of participation of women in this process.