Sitabile DewaFounder and Executive Director Sitabile Dewa is the Executive Director and Founder of WALPE. She is a women’s rights and peace building practitioner with over a decade experience working tertiary students and rural women leaders.She is passionate about women empowerment, political and economic inclusion of women. Sitabile has been influential in advocating for women to take leadership responcibilities from local to national level. Ms Dewa is also one of the Founders and former Deputy Director of Heal Zimbabwe Trust (2010-2018) where among many projects she spearheaded the creation of women safe spaces for reconciliation, women led peace clubs and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and also worked extensively with women survivors of torture. She also advocated for the promotion of academic freedoms for tertiary female students when she was still part of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) secretariat between 2007- 2010. Her academic qualifications are as follows;
Academic qualification- 1) Masters Degree in Human Rights, Peace and Development (Africa University)
2) Masters Degree in International Relations (University of Zimbabwe)
3)Bacher of Science degree in Sociology (University of Zimbabwe), 4)Post graduate Diploma in Democracy, Governance and Public Policy ( ISS, Netherlands). She is an alumni of the United States Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program. And also holds a certificate from the Ulster University in Ireland in transitional justice. Sitabile is also a member of the International Republican Institute GenerationDemocracy Young leaders programme. She also has a certificate in gendermainstreaming from Gender links, a certificate in negotiation and mediation from Centre for Security studies- ETG Zurich Switzerland in collaboration with Africa University.Ms Dewa is also a founding member of #SheVotes, a platform for networking and amplifying the young women’s voice in the fight for a just society in Zimbabwe. She is also the Board Chairperson for Justice for Women Trust, an organisation that seeks to mobilide women and amplify their voices to speak against injustices perpetrated against them.
Through WALPE, Sitabile aims to increase the number and quality of women holding political offices by enhancing their capacity through leadership training, mentorship programs, grooming and campaign strategizing.
Batanai MapindeTraining and Outreach Officer Batanayi Colletta Mapinde-Gwangwawa is a women and development expert, with over ten years experience both local and regional in implementing programmes which incorporate and embraces the leadership role of women. Batanayi has worked for the German Development Cooperation, SADC/WELLFIELD, Concern Worldwide, ZAMFI among other international NGOs which has shaped her career and passion for women development. A qualified Sociologist and Development expert, Batanayi has initiated women led community development projects, and continues to provide leadership advisory support to all women led initiatives in the most remote areas of Zimbabwe. She has regional experience having collaborated with other project managers for a SADC project implemented in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her experience in grassroots Zimbabwe i.e. Nyanga rural, Beitbridge rural and Kariba peri urban, makes her a great asset in understanding the role of women, their burden and alleviation strategies.
She holds a Bsc Honours in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe 2004-2007, Msc Development studies from National University of Science and Technology 2010-2012. Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation of Non-Profit projects from University of Zimbabwe 2006, Executive Certificate in Strategic HIV/AIDS Projects Management from University of Zimbabwe 2007, and a Certificate in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling from UNISA 2006. She currently sits on the Board of Advantage Health Medical Aid Society.
Nomalanga SipapateTraining, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Nomalanga Sipapate is a seasoned women’s rights and peace building activist. She worked for Heal Zimbabwe Trust for six years as the Community outreach and gender officer. She has vast knowledge in project and programme planning, organizing, coordinating implementation and management of outreach initiatives. Ms. Sipapate possesses skills in gender mainstreaming, community healing and reconciliation. During her tenure at HZT, she set up peace building structures and women safe spaces in 15 rural districts of Zimbabwe, areas which were most affected by political violence. She also retains vast skills in training, coaching and mentorship of women and girls in lifelong skills, human rights and sexual and reproductive health rights. She is also experienced in regular analysis of programme and project impact on men and women in the communities and provides timely and relevant input for gender equality and equity programming. She is also a founding member of Ngano Dzaamai psychosocial support trust, an organisation that provides psychosocial support programmes to children affected by the scourge of HIV/AIDS. Ms Sipapate also possesses strong monitoring and evaluation skills and holds an Executive certificate in Programme /Project Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Zimbabwe. She also holds a Masters of Science in Development Studies and Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Sociology.
Pride MkonoInformation and Research Officer Pride Mkono has a demonstrable and rich eight years’ experience working in the non-profit sector, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) with the University of South Africa. Pride has worked with Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) where he coordinated a successful empirical based lobby and advocacy campaign for safe schools as a programmes officer responsible for communication and research. Through his efforts, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission and the High Court of the country held that teachers and pupils should not be compelled to attend political gatherings and schools should not be used as venues for political activities. This initiative was hailed by the United Nations Country Office in Zimbabwe. Pride also volunteers with the largest prodemocracy and good governance coalition in Zimbabwe, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC), and currently sits on its Board as a Youth Chairperson. His sterling leadership work earned him a place in the Mandela Washington Fellowship and obtained a certificate in Civic Leadership at the Kansas State University Stanley School of Leadership Studies in 2018. He is also an alumnus of the Freidrich Ebert Stiftung Fellowship in Zimbabwe and has served as Coordinator for the alumni association (2017-2018). As a student at university of Zimbabwe, he was elected into the Student Representative Council as President (2010-2011) and was elected as President of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (2011-2013). He is passionate about policy advocacy, research and communication and focuses on human rights, governance, leadership development, gender and women and youth empowerment.
Eunice MasvosvaFinance and Administration Officer She is a young woman who is passionate about reducing the gender gap and mobilises women to take on leadership positions in the political arena, work hierarchy and in the institutional structures. She is also passionate about contributing to a conducive environment where women rise to top leadership positions. She holds a bachelor of science honors Degree in Accountancy. She was a member of ZINASU between 2015-2019 where she served under the gender desk advocating for academic freedom and the rights of female students. Ms Eunice worked for one year with Brooke Debt Management Systems Private limited as the Finance officer. She was responsible for maintaining a system of accounting that allowed for the accurate and timely recording of transactions which analyzed project expenditure, financial performance and compliance with all statutory regulations. She was also responsible for tracking the organization ‘s spending and kept a record of the amount paid to ZIMRA for V.A.T. She also prepared V.A.T returns and submitted them to the implementing partner for submission to ZIMRA on a monthly basis. Ms. Masvosva was also responsible for developing financial management mechanisms that sought to minimize financial risk reviewing and evaluating cost reduction opportunities. She also prepared fund request schedules and liquidation monthly for submission to funding partners. She also played a key role in the organization financial reporting process corresponding with external auditors and funding partners ensuring that all contractual obligations are met within set deadlines. She also coordinated the organization ‘s budget monitoring and tracking function.
Patience Chido MutakayaVolunteer Patience Chido Mutakaya is a young woman dedicated to helping create a Zimbabwe that respects the rights of different diverse groups, a Zimbabwe were gender issues are not a hindrance to one’s political passion.
She graduated with an honors degree in peace and governance at Bindura University of Science Education.
She is a women rights defender who is passionate about reducing the gender gap that exist within the political, economic, social and cultural sectors.