An Analysis of the different cultural and religion setups on the participation of women in leadership. A case study of Seke District of Zimbabwe
Zifa Dzinamarira, Privilege
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Religious and cultural beliefs have been practiced since this state came into existence and they are still being practiced in many parts of the country. The study was exploring the extent and influence which religion and cultural setups has had on women participation in Zimbabwean leadership. The study used a case study design and qualitative methods using questionnaires and interviews to collect data in the Seke District. Data collected was presented and analysed using narrative reports. They revealed that religious and cultural beliefs surely affect women participation in leadership due to factors such as forced marriages, appeasements of spirits. It also indicated that women lack knowledge of policies and laws that protect them from harmful practices. Conclusions made from the primary data include the need for increased sensitization meetings on the established Gender policy and legal frameworks through awareness campaigns and dialogues.