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The participation of young women is critical in any electoral process. With 42 days left to the election day, our concern is on the young women’s involvement in the forthcoming elections. From a series of interviews carried out, it emerged how patriarchy tops the list as a factor hindering young women from being actively involved in the electoral process.

 Sithokozile Sibanda, an aspiring female Councillor from ward 2 in Gwanda said, “Young women fear that men will oppress them once they attain positions of power. As a solution I think a few workshops aimed at teaching young women to be independent and be involved politically will do a great change.”

To strengthen the issue of the abuse of power, Sithembiso Ncube, another aspiring female Councillor from ward 7 in Gwanda commented that young women are afraid to participate because they fear being victimized by men who are already in leadership.

Sichelesile Mahlangu, aspiring female Member of Parliament (MP) of Pumula Constituency, advised young women to be fully exposed in politics and fight against oppression by men whenever they want to climb up the political ladder.

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