Guns, Power and Politics: Extractives and Violence Against Women in Zimbabwe

This report explores women’s experiences of violence in the context of mining in Zimbabwe. Mining in Zimbabwe, as elsewhere, takes place in a highly unequal, patriarchal and violent economic system of development based on the exploitation of people and natural resources. This study aims to uncover the violence against women in mining areas to (a) make this visible and create awareness; and (b) give information and analysis to help community activists challenge mining companies and improve the lives of communities affected by mining. This economic system ensures that a small elite, usually corporate interests connected to powerful ruling party and state officials, benefit from mining while the majority of people experience growing rates of poverty, landlessness and unemployment. This system is characterised by extractivism, militarisation and securitisation.