With the elections coming up women have been all over social media about attaining 50/50 representation in parliament and other spheres of life where they felt they have been sidelined.
The only way women can achieve this gender equality is by supporting each other, uplifting each other. A lot has been said about women being their own enemies, acting like they support each other but from the inside dying that you fail.
If you’ve ever had another woman tell you how to behave in a certain situation so you don’t upset a man in power, or you’ve ever been disciplined or admonished by another woman for doing that something that offends a man in a position of power, then you know what I am talking about.
Last week social media went ablaze with Homecoming Bira concert and women felt they had been sidelined from performing at Dr Mapfumo’s show as there was no female on the line up.
Tendai Chakanyuka posted on her facebook page “Are you saying there is not a single female artist that could have made it on the “welcome bira” line up? Zvoreveyi? Been observing quietly haaaaaangu and ima demand answers right about now. Tiri kumbotii chaizvo,” a lot was said after ,mostly shade at women insinuating that there isn’t a woman as good as Mukanya or even close.
However after taking to social media and radio, Diana Samkange was included as a supporting act for concert.
After going through that thread and reflecting on past major concerts I realized there are quiet a few were the line up did not include a female for example the recent 30 billion concert.
So I thought to myself, women don’t have to fight to be part of these concerts were they feel they are being excluded. Have any of them called out for an all females concert and no one attended? What are we as women doing in our spaces to support each other?
If promoters continue to uplift men clearly they are supporting each other, why do we need to fit into their space? Mother’s Day is coming up, this could be an idea to have concerts, shows, book clubs, teas whatever to just gather as women.
Imagine Edith WeUtonga, Hope Masike, Selmor Mutukudzi, Cindy, Diana Samakange, Ammara Brown all performing together with an all woman band,that would be amazing. Already that’s marketing and there would not be any need to fight to be part of major shows.
Hope Masike said we all need advocate for level playing fields everywhere, women need to start creating their own platforms be it festivals or soccer.
Women hold the key to the new order they consider fair for all.
One of the things I find most inspiring is women openly supporting and lifting each other up. With so many obstacles on the road to gender equality, we don’t need to create another one by getting in our own way despite our culture’s nasty habit of trying to pit us against each other.
We can do better as women, understand each other, our weaknesses to move toward equal rights…My two cents.
Here are a few quotes to inspire women:
Maya Angelou: Writer & Activist
“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
Lupita Nyong’o: Actor and Activist
“I hope that my presence on your screen, and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”
Melinda Gates: Philanthropist
“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.”
“I have always believed that one woman’s success is can only help another woman’s success.”