Gender, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism in Zimbabwe: The Fight Against Amendment 14

Published: 1/Jan/2000
Source: Citizenship Studies

Tandeka C.  Nkiwane, “Gender, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism in Zimbabwe: The Fight Against Amendment 14”, Citizenship Studies, Vol. 4, No.3, 2000, pp.325-338

This article examines the nexus between gender, citizenship and constitutionalism. By using the case study of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, I seek to illustrate how the rights of women with respect to citizenship are manipulated by the state, with this discrimination often couched under African ‘culture’ or ‘tradition’. The article also interrogates the limitations of utilizing the courts in the struggle for gender equality, because of the patriarchal values which are upheld and promoted, often erroneously. In describing the surprising victory by civil society groups and activists in challenging both the courts and the state nationally, this piece concludes with some thoughts on how a broader struggle for gender equality is necessary in the pursuit of social justice. Link to article on Citizenship Studies website.

Themes: Acquisition de la nationalité, Double Nationalité, Discrimination, Sexuelle
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2000