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Mugabe: Gay Rights Deny the Women We Pay For the Chance to be Mothers

Mugabe: Gay Rights Deny the Women We Pay For the Chance to be Mothers


Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe recently said that his country doesn’t “do” gay rights and implied that homosexuality apparently violates women’s rights because the “gay world” denies women, that he said are inferior to men, the chance to use their “talent to bear children.”

Reports ABC:

“Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn’t belong to men,” he said.

“When God created Adam … if Adam had desired a person like him it would not have made him any happier,” Mugabe said.

“When a man says he wants to get married to another man, we in Zimbabwe don’t accept it. We can’t talk of women’s rights at all if we go in that direction. It will lead to extinction,” he said.

Mugabe made these comments at a HIV/AIDS women’s rights conference in Harare ahead of a Sunday visit to Zimbabwe by United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay.

Mugabe, 88, has before described gay people as pigs and has repeatedly said that homosexuality is a foreign import that is not germane to Zimbabwe. He recently clarified those remarks, reportedly saying gays were worse than dogs and pigs because at least animals could “identify their female mating partners.”

Mugabe, referring to the role of women in Zimbabwean society, said he thought it unlikely that gender equality will be on the cards any time soon given that women are customarily thought of as inferior:

“Our customs look down on women as inferior. Men pay cattle and money to get a wife and expect women to obey them. Women will surely lose. Men say that women are not as knowledgeable as us. The attitude of men still despises women,” he said.

After arriving in the country Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay visited the Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s offices for an hour-long closed door meeting in which the minister reportedly made it clear that the country will continue to strictly prosecute homosexuality.

Pillay has in previous statements made it abundantly clear that the UN will not tolerate active persecution of homosexuals and has called on memberstates to decriminalize LGBT identity. She has also voiced her increasing concern over women’s rights issues in Zimbabwe.


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10:59AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Mugabe have turned Zimbabwe into a starving nation. It was once the nation in Africa that provided food for the whole continent. Since Mugabe took over, more and more people starve and almost everyone with a degree have left the country. The inflation rate is ridiculous! Violence against women and LGBT is very high and tribal "justice" very common. Zimbabwe is not a democracy and the Mugabe regime have no interest in turning the country in to one. Mugabe and his croonies have dried the country of it's finances and moved billions of dollars into foreign bank accounts. It's no surprise that the dictator Mugabe believes women are inferior. That's a common belief among uneducated Africa leaders.

9:08PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

This is a strange world, to put it mildly. But I'm not putting down Mugabe any more specifically than I do the American righties in their uneducated fanaticism. It continues to amaze me of the stupid politicians elected by stupid citizens.

4:55PM PDT on May 30, 2012

So basically his quote suggests that the men are actually gay they just use women to spit out babies so they dont go extinct, but the respect and admiration are given to men by men?

1:13PM PDT on May 30, 2012

We can put a man on the moon, invent machines that can calculate at lightning speed, make any machine to do the work of any man, but we just can't get our heads out of the medieval times....why are we so retarded?

8:23AM PDT on May 30, 2012

You would think he would be happy that there are some people that will not bring children into his country that will suffer from poverty!

8:22AM PDT on May 30, 2012

The world doesn't need anymore children!

6:44AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Women are NOT merely brood mares!

Childbearing is NOT our only "talent!" Far from it. In fact, childbearing is hardly NECESSARY in this day and age; with over seven billion people on the planet, childbearing should become more optional! If a woman wants to do something with her life involving a career outside the home and delay or even forgo having kids altogether, then she should be able to do so!

The kind of "brood mare" attitude towards women that Mugabe shows is nothing more than a throwback to the old days when women were more valued for how many kids they could pop out than how well educated they could get and other contributions they could make to society.

6:22AM PDT on May 30, 2012

What a moron. No doubt "C" Street/"Fellowship" and right wing evangelical education at work.

5:52AM PDT on May 30, 2012

“Our customs look down on women as inferior. Men pay cattle and money to get a wife and expect women to obey them. Women will surely lose. Men say that women are not as knowledgeable as us. The attitude of men still despises women,” he said.

He is talking about the heterosexual men in his society, so I'm not sure what his point is.
He makes about as much since as the preacher in No. Carolina.
Even more unbelievable is how this man has yet to be prosecuted and imprisoned on human rights abuses.

5:35AM PDT on May 30, 2012

You'll forgive me if I don't place too much importance on any theology espoused by Robert Mugabe.

I know that any man's death diminishes me, but Mugabe's an old man and I don't believe I'll feel all that diminished when he dies. And I'm sure it can't come fast enough for the great majority of the people of Zimbabwe.

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