The board is drawn from various people of proven integrity and excellent track records.
Lucy Chivasa holds a Bachelor’s in Law from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Constitutional and Human Rights law from the Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe. She is also a Hubert. H. Humphrey fellow (law and Human Rights, University of Minnesota U.S.A) Miss Chivasa is a human rights lawyer with over 10 years experience in human rights training, litigation, research and advocacy as well as community mobilisation. Currently she works for the legal Resources Foundation as Centre lawyer for Masvingo Province . Lucy has dedicated her career working to enhance Women’s human rights and she is also passionate about promoting law and policy reform as well as encouraging citizen participation in issues of governance and Democracy.
Board Vice ChairpersonRita Beauty Nyampinga is an award winning human rights defender and a gender and women’s rights activist whose over thirty years + experience with various organisations has seen her hold very influential positions in the structures of the labour movement as a lobbyist, advocate, trainer in peace building, advisor, community mobiliser and other posts. Rita has worked with local and international organisations as board member with special interest on gender and human resources. As such she is founder and Director of Female Prisoners Support Trust a humanitarian organization working with the marginalised women and children in places of detention. Special focus on health, access to treatment, working with peer educators in prisons on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She sits on boards of powerful networks Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development, Female Students Network, Women and Land in Zimbabwe. She was part of the Church and Civil Society Platform which worked closely with the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration during the Government of National Unity (2008-2013) in Zimbabwe. In addition, Rita is an Alumni of Integrity Action International and is the focal person of the International Dialogue on Peace building and State Building, World March of Women. Rita Nyampinga- also a philanthropist, holds a doctorate in human letters (PHD-DHL) conferred by the International Institute of Philanthropy. It is in recognition of the work done and that she continues doing in communities. Rita has travelled extensively as a negotiator in conflict areas in search of peace, social and economic justice. She is also a poet and writer. Rita has been invited on several occasions to address women and students’ gatherings in Institutions of higher learning and has also addressed church gatherings as a renowned public speaker.
Board SecretaryTendai Concilia Wenyika
Tendai Concilia Wenyika, is Pan- African gender activist. She is citizen of the world, whose served as diplomat (2009-2015), with the Pan African Youth Union, a specialized agent of the African Union . Its this experience , that has great shaped and informed her appreciation and passion for global work and politics. The service in diplomatic work, compelled her desire for service and her advocacy work around the need for women in Africa to occupy critical space, in each and every space where decisions affecting their lives are made. She has addressed the African Union Heads of States summits , 2011, in Equatorial Guinea and 2013, in Ethopia Addis Ababa 2013 , 50th Anniversary of the African Union Summit, The Africa- Europe Heads of States Summit, Brussels, 201. Subsequently in 2013, she was awarded by Junior Chambers International , in Taiwan, as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People of the World.
She holds of Hons Degree in Media and Society Studies from the Midlands State university (2003-2007);Masters in Peace, Leadership and conflict Resolution (2013-2015) Zimbabwe Open University ; LLB Hons in Law, University of Cavendish. (2015-2018).She has served in various boards and co-founder of various organizations , such as the Zimbabwe Youth Council, Zimbabwe Young Women’s Network, Upfumi kuvadiki. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Health Professions in Zimbabwe and is also a business enterpreneur. She is also currently a PHD candidate with UNISA
Board TreasurerRabia Jessub is the Finance and Administration Officer of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, with eleven years experience in the Finance, Grant management and reporting and administration within the NGO sector. She is the current Board Treasurer of Female Students Network Trust. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Accounting with the Oxford Brooke University and certification as a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). She also has a Diploma in Finance with the Institute of Certified Managers (UK). She has also been trained on Software Security Systems and Cooperative Agreements: Rules and Regulations course offered by Inside NGO. As a woman privileged to know her rights, She is passionate to share and help other women to fight and observe their rights in different paradigms of the society.
Board MemberGladys Kudzaishe Hlatywayo is a Democracy and Governance Consultant and activist. She is a 2014-2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and a 2016/17 British Chevening Scholar. She holds MSc In Public Management and Governance from London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in Public Policy and Analysis from University of Minnesota (United States), MSc. in Development Studies from National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe) and a BA degree from University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe). Gladys has more than ten years of experience in Zimbabwe’s civil society movement. She received the Inaugural 2006 Against All Odds Award from Students Solidarity Trust for her role in student activism. She was Secretary General of the Student Representative Council at University of Zimbabwe and ZINASU Gender and Human Rights between 2004 and 2006. She dedicated her formative years to advancing the cause of female students who faced societal and institutional segregation. Before joining the student’s movement, she had been Chairperson of Female Students Network at UZ , an organisation that fought misogyny and sexism in higher education institutions. She joined Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition from 2006 to 2009 serving as Advocacy Officer, Senior Programs Officer and Advocacy Manager before joining Casals and Associates (USAID) as a Program Development Officer between January 2010 and August 2011. She was the Director of Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust from 2012 to 2017.
Board MemberTabani Moyo is a versatile communication, marketing and reputation management expert. He currently serves as the Director for MISA Zimbabwe. He also serves as a board member for the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe, NGO Human Rights Forum and Crisis Coalition. Throughout his career he has been at the forefront of promoting the active involvement of women in leadership positions. He is currently running social media campaigns against online violence targeting women leaders. Moyo has more than 15 years accumulative experience in both communication and marketing industries. He is currently studying towards DBA. In addition, he is a certified chartered marketer (CIM, UK), holds an MBA, Chartered Postgrad Marketing, BBA Marketing, BA Media studies and several diplomas.
WALPE is a women’s political empowerment and leadership academy set up to advance knowledge and deepen the capacity of women who want to successfully run for public elected positions. It seeks to provide women with theoretical and practical trainings that empower them to run for public office.
The academy is driven by the need to challenge the status quo, through creating platforms and opportunities for women to get into decision making and leadership positions