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Disability and Sexuality in Zimbabwe

Voices from the Periphery, 1st Edition

By Christine Peta


210 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Disabled women represent one of the most marginalised minority groups in the world, hence they are largely silent while their sexuality is ignored, suppressed, forbidden and buried underneath the carpet. Until recently, most of the Global Northern published literature on the subject of the sexuality of disabled women has predominantly been constructed from hearsay and second-hand narratives in studies which draw from the perspectives of parents, service providers and advocates, without much consultation of the relevant women. By facilitating the voice of disabled women in Zimbabwe and illuminating their experiences of sexuality, this book hopes to shift the experiences of sexuality of disabled women from the periphery of society to the fore.

Disability and Sexuality in Zimbabwe presents original research on an issue that is thus far not found in local research data. Whilst addressing the paucity of literature on the subject, the book informs policy and practice and enhances the existing body of knowledge by making recommendations towards the development of a disability and sexuality framework that is rooted in the African context.

This book is of interest to students and scholars of African studies, disability studies, sociology, psychology, social work, nursing, education studies, geography, women’s and gender studies and interdisciplinary studies. Additional audiences include a wide range of health, social care, and educational professionals and practitioners, as well donors, disabled people’s organisations, charities, government departments, NGOs, supranational organisations, and policy makers

Table of Contents




List of figures

List of tables

List of appendices

List of abbreviations


Chapter one: Introduction

Chapter two: Narratives of disabled women who have experienced marriage

Chapter three: Narratives of disabled women who have not experienced marriage

Chapter four: Analysis of narratives

Chapter five: Discussion of findings

Chapter six: Methodology

Chapter seven: Reflections

Chapter eight: Conclusion



About the Author

Christine Peta is a development and public health care practitioner whose academic credentials include BSc/Masters Degrees and a PhD in Disability Studies. She has worked for international development organisations that include the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), CIMMYT International and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa

Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa publishes high quality, original scholarship from new and established scholars across the world. The series brings together research from across the humanities and social sciences and offers critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives.

Themes of the series include gender and health, LGBT movements, women’s political participation, sexual and domestic violence, pleasure, power and eroticism, same-sex intimacies, the political economy of sex, equality and media representations of gender

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Sexuality
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues