- A Zimbabwean woman wants bride price abolished
- She has made an application to the country's Constitutional Court
- She argues that the practice reduces women to "mere assets"
A Zimbabwean woman has moved to the country's Constitutional Court to have bride price abolished because it "reduces women to mere assets."
According to the Herald, Priccilar Vengesai argues that if the custom is retained, both the bride and groom's families should pay bride price.
She argues that this would promote gender equality. It would also stop the perception that women are "assets" that can be "acquired" through lobola, the traditional term for bride price.
According to her, the practice violates her rights as a citizen. She wants it set aside on grounds of women’s rights to dignity, equality and non-discrimination.
Ms Vengesai said she wishes to get married again and does not wish to go through the same experience as her first marriage.
She said: “I did not participate in the [negotiation] of the lobola price. I was never given a chance to ask for the justification of the amounts which were paid."
She added: "This whole scenario reduced me to a property whereby a price tag was put on me by my uncles and my husband paid. This demoralized me and automatically subjected me to my husband’s control since I would always feel that I was purchased.”