Zimbabwe: IWD marchers harassed by police

As if it wasn’t infuriating enough to have written one IWD post about the British government apparently deciding that violence against women is no more than a serious obstacle for women’s enjoyment of human rights (and not, as I’d naively thought, a complete violation of human rights) – only to have to follow it with a post about the disruption of the IWD Million Woman March in Cairo by men shouting anti-feminist slogans – any remaining optimism that I had about IWD being at least one day when women around the world could celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future evaporated when I read this article in the Zimbabwe Telegraph:

Women who took part in a march to commemorate International Women’s Day, organised by Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU), were disappointed after police officers ordered 16 women to remove the union’s T-shirts and walk half dressed to Bulawayo Central Police station where they were detained.

Seriously, wtf? Right now I’m too bloody angry to string together a coherent takedown of just how wrong this is.

Really, if these reports tell us anything it’s surely that, no matter where we are in the world, we are still a very long way from achieving equality and seeing an end to sexism, prejudice, discrimination and the oppression of women. And yet the Daily Mail would have us believe that sexism is dead. That noise? That would be me banging my head on the desk.