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Title: Women and National Reconciliation: Resolving the legacies of violence in post-colonial Zimbabwe
Authors: Mpumelelo Moyo
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
Keywords: Reconciliation
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2021
Publisher: Bindura University of Science Education
Abstract: Women and their experiences are essential to the spirituality and ministry of reconciliation. The seemingly endless domination of women by men has forced them to think about alternatives and create communities of reconciliation outside of the usual paths of power and domination. Women exude the power to go beyond the hurts, the violence, rape and humiliation to build a nation and transform societies against a country’sendemic culture of violence. The article exploresthe culture of violence in post-independent Zimbabwe and the role that women can play in creating communities of reconciliation.It is argued that in most crisis or conflict situations, women remain behind to pick up the pieces in the wake of the tornado of violence. Women can thus help communities move forward from the trap of trauma and experience the resurrection. As mothers,women offer a way of reincorporating wrongdoers and deviants back into their communities through nation building processes. This articlemaps a way forward for national healing and reconciliation and argues that women when empowered will play an integralpart in championing the cause of good citizenry, unity and justice.
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