Original Research - Special Collection: Religion and Theology and Constructions of Earth and Gender

The role of women in managing the environmental crisis: A case study of Cyclone Idai in Chipinge, Zimbabwe

Rudo M. Mukurazhizha, Sarah Y. Matanga
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 79, No 3 | a8042 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v79i3.8042 | © 2023 Rudo M. Mukurazhizha, Sarah Y. Matanga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 August 2022 | Published: 19 April 2023

About the author(s)

Rudo M. Mukurazhizha, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Science, Midlands State University, Harare, Zimbabwe
Sarah Y. Matanga, Department of Languages and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies, Zimbabwe Open University, Marondera, Zimbabwe

Abstract

Some of the environmental crises can be avoided, but others come unannounced and the adverse effects affect the communities as a whole with women, children and people with disabilities being affected the most. The world is in constant flux where climate changes are affecting the daily lives of humanity and the ecosystem as a whole. Global efforts towards environmental crises are in place including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hyogo protocol and Sendai framework among other legislations, safeguarding the environment as a whole. Women have played many roles when responding, preparing and mitigating the adverse effects of environmental crises with some of the roles visible and others invisible and unpaid. Women have been involved in identifying hazards through their indigenous knowledge systems and manoeuvring ways for the continuity of lives in their local communities. This study utilised a qualitative research methodology. A case study of Cyclone Idai in Chipinge was explored. Moser’s triple framework and the African Ecofeminist theory guided the discussions in this article.

Contribution: The article concluded by recommending that concerted efforts should be made to emancipate women and pragmatically embrace gender as an essential variable in the environmental crisis.


Keywords

communities; environmental crisis; ecofeminism; triple roles; Ubuntu; women.

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