Mugabe Downplays Idea Of Women Empowerment


The incoming chairman of the African Union (AU), Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has made some controversial statement in Addis Ababa on the eve the AU Summit, which generates heated debate among leaders.

wpid-newsbmugabe-03082011-zisco-250.jpgAccording to Robert Mugabe,?”It?s not possible that women can be at par with men.”

Mugabe’s remarks on women not being on par with men, ?come as African Union leaders tackle this year?s summit topic on “women?s empowerment.”

He indicated that when it comes down to the ground, it’s not easy for women to be at par with men, ?saying “They get married, they must have babies, they must live at home, that’s a problem? I?m saying it?s not possible that women can be at par with men. You see, we men; we want children. We make the very women we want in power, pregnant. You see, and we remain. It?s not possible — that aspect only.?

President?Mugabe who turns 91 next month and has spent more than three decades in power, has courted controversy on gender.

He however called for equal pay for women and for better maternity benefits.

?They must be paid if they are employed, they must be paid, and for that period, and not for the companies or government to say ?ha ha ha we will give you only three months.? It must be nine months right through,? he said.

But as the debate ranges on, a?Zimbabwe?s top human rights lawyers, Beatrice Mtetwa, expressed surprise to hear the president made such comments. According to her, that is not possible, because there is a constitution that President Mugabe himself signed in 2013 ?basically gives women in Zimbabwe every possible power and every possible equality clause with men.



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