Zimbabwean author and poet, Ethel Kabwato, says women authors continue to struggle in this country despite strides made by women in sectors like politics and business. Mrs Kabwato made these comments while speaking at a Food For Tought (FFT) session at the U.S. Embassy on International Women’s Day.,Women writers often find themselves in a very difficult position in that they are writers, wives and mothers,” Kabwato said. Sometimes they have to choose between a writing career and their children.
Personally, motherhood comes first! But as your children get older, they begin to understand that being a mother also means being able to put food on the table,” said the author.
Ethel recently has published the anthology, “Sunflowers in your Eyes. In order to sustain the family women writers explore multiple options. They organize public readings or publish both in print and online. Zimbabwean Sunday mail supplement is a platform with opportunities for writers in Zimbabwe.
Harare, Zimbabwe, March 9th 2011.