Articles in the issue assess the existing policy frameworks and the officially stated drivers which are shaping them as well as those which are not stated.

The latest edition of Buwa! is out now focussing on Feminism and Culture in southern Africa with great articles from across the region

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A number of powerful women leaders have emerged in Zimbabwe’s post-independence era, questioning patriarchy and socio-cultural dogma that render women ineffective in the society. Rarely do we see profiles of young women among those celebrated as making a difference at community, national and regional levels. Yet, across the region, many young women have been taking leadership positions and transforming lives at various levels. Margaret Chinowaita spoke to one such young woman – Lucy Mazingi, the Director of the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) in Zimbabwe.

or those of you who may have missed the news of this festival, I am talking about the Southern Africa Young Women’s Festival 2010, an initiative developed as part of the Young Voices Campaign (see Tsitsi Mukamba’s article in this Issue for details on the campaign) part of which includes capacity building and mentoring for young women between the ages of 18 and 30 from Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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