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Much of the rhetoric on gender relations among Zimbabweans implies that these relations and the patriarchy upon which they are based are static, omnipotent and immune to
subversion, negotiation and alteration. The result has been perpetual and homogenizing depiction of women as victims regardless of their socio-economic status. The rhetoric continues to depict womanhood and femininity as inherently cumbersome, limiting and synonymous with blocked opportunities. Specifically focusing on the nexus between female migration and gender relations among Zimbabwean migrants, this article argues that gender relations are mediated and reconfigured by transformation in men and women’s roles facilitated by transnational mobility. Gender relations in Zimbabwe as they are structured by patriarchal ideology entail duties and responsibilities; the societal and family posi-
tions occupied by men and women are premised on performance of specific tasks in conformity with prevailing gender ideologies. As such, the privileges that patriarchy confers on men
are rationalized through male obligations upon which the subordination of women thrives. This article discusses the changes in gender relations that occur in instances where women.