- 1/4 of people with primary health care and 1/3 of those attending traditional healer attenders have been diagnosed with depression.
- Depression in Zimbabwe is significantly associated with females.
- Severe life events are associated with the onset of depression, such as hunger.
I was intrigued at how women were especially prone to depression, and then found that women are at a severe disadvantage in Zimbabwean society. Forced miscarriage, domestic violence and rape and other forms of sexual harassment against women are the norm in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe allows women to rights to property, inheritance and divorce, but many woman aren't aware of this.
Lack of education on health practice are a huge factor. Many rapes are caused by a "virgin myth", a belief that a man with HIV/AIDS can cure himself by raping a woman. Zimbabwe could benefit from programs educating about and providing care for sexually transmitted disease that could significantly reduce the amount of rapes in the country.
One Zimbabwean woman, Betty Makoni, created the Girl Child Network Worldwide, The network strives to provide services to women who are victims of sexual harassment with victim centers in villages, as well as provide preventative educational services to girls in schools.
Also, from the article mentioned above, "...depression should be included in the general medical training for all levels of health workers" to better a****s depression before we're able to eradicate those life events that cause the disorder.
There's no doubt that a significant feminist movement in Zimbabwe would decrease depression in the country, but how would it affect the nation's economy? That's what I'm now trying to find out. Zimbabwe is among the world's poorest of nations, and I hope to find a way that promoting women's rights in Zimbabwe could help lead to a better quality of life for all citizens of the nation.
What I plan on researching:
- Are women typically employed in Zimbabwe? What kinds of jobs do they have? If the same as men, what is the difference in pay?
- What resources does Zimbabwe hold that an industry can be built around?
- What are the sizes of villages, towns, or cities? What percentage of the communities' populations are female?
- What kinds of aid are other countries providing to Zimbabwe?
- Have feminist movements in the past helped or hindered economies of the nations they took place in?
I appreciate any help from fellow agents to conduct my research. And if you think any of my research can help you, please let me know how I can help!
Here are articles and webpages from which I gathered information so far, for those interested: