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.
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.