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citizenship, and the Registrar General: The politicking of identity
Research and Advocacy Unit
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addresses a fundamental issue that most people are aware of, but
rarely give much attention to until they are personally affected;
acquiring identity documents and citizenship. It is common knowledge
that there are many challenges that Zimbabwean citizens face in
accessing identity documents. It is also widely known that the prominence
of the 'alien' status in 2002 through the amendment
of the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act (Chapter 4.1) has seen some people
losing their Zimbabwean citizenship; forced to identify themselves
as other nationalities to which their descendants belonged such
as Malawian or Mozambican.
is based on the views and experiences of a total of 160 Zimbabwean
women from 9 different provinces of the country. It details women's
perceptions of identity, the challenges they face in accessing identity
documents and citizenship status as well as the consequences that
losing or failing to access such documents and status has on the
quality of their lives as well as the lives of their children. It
also analyses the role that the Registrar General's (RG) office
plays in making identity documents and citizenship inaccessible
entitlements to the general public.
The paper makes
recommendations based on these women's views and supporting
evidence from previous analyses and press reportage; these recommendations
would improve services that the RG's office gives to the public
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