This project investigates how Zimbabwean women navigate their sexual and reproductive health rights against a backdrop of demands from Christianity (specifically Catholicism) and African religion. Its case study is the Korekore women in a district in Zimbabwe called Muzarabani. Among the Korekore people, women are regarded as the cornerstone of societal development. However, fulfilling their potential is stifled by numerous factors, including the pressure that is exerted upon them by the encounter between Christianity, since its advent in Zimbabwe and African indigenous religion, in this case the religion of the Korekore people. Apart from limiting women’s potential, religion also interferes with their sexual and reproductive health rights which are key for their agency in reducing poverty and enhancing development. Thus, in a patriarchal and conservative society such as the Korekore people, culture and religion can be stumbling blocks to the rights of women to make choices and decisions regarding their sexuality. The project is of applied relevance since it seeks to ascertain practical measures to address those religious and cultural traditions that do not promote women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.
For additional information: Lobola: it's implications for women's reproductive rights
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