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    The WALPE Secretariat

    Sitabile Dewa

    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 with 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 responsibilities 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- i) Master’s Degree in Human Rights, Peace and Development (Africa University) ii) Master’s Degree in International Relations (University of Zimbabwe) iii) Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (University of Zimbabwe), iv) 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 Generation Democracy Young leaders programme. She also has a certificate in gender mainstreaming 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 mobilise women and amplifies 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.

    Tarisai Lynda Machakaire

    Media and Publications Officer Substantial work experience (8 years) in multiple disciplines of democracy development, including, elections knowledge and civic education and civic engagement, women’s political participation, human rights and political affairs, and civil society development in Zimbabwe and the SADC region.

    Skilled in programme design, monitoring and evaluation, research (political, socio-economic analysis), and advocacy work. Esteri has previously worked as a Programmes lead at the Action Support Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa which hosted the Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum. She was responsible for the strategy implementation of the civil society and public advocacy programmes which advance human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zambia. She has also worked as a consultant at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in South Africa where she assessed Party and Campaign Finance in the 2019
    National and Provincial Elections in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa and contributed to a publication by EISA.

    She has also worked with the Zimbabwe Election Support Network as a research and advocacy officer, contributing immensely to programmes that promote free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe. Further, she holds a prestigious award as a 2016 Commonwealth Professional Fellow from the Institute for Conflict Research as a Commonwealth Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

    She holds an MPhil degree in Sociology and a BSc Honours in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe. She also has certificates on Conflict transformation from the International Summer School on Conflict Transformation and Mediation Theory received from Queen’s University, in Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom.

    Batanayi Mapinde-Gwangwawa

    Programmes Manager 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 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.

    Clayton Bere

    Finance and Administration Officer Clayton Bere is a dedicated and detail-oriented accounting professional, who is currently employed as finance and admin officer at WALPE, specialising in all administration work and all financial activities from the book of primary entry to the financial preparation of accounts in the NGO sector.

    He is good in budgeting and budgeting realignment for donor funds. Clayton is a holder of an honours degree in Accounting from Midlands State University (MSU) (2013-2016) and he is also a holder of Master’s Degree in Accounting from MSU (2019-2020). He has vast experience in budgeting, cashbook management, accounts payables management and accounts receivables management.

    For the past two years, Clayton has worked at Spar Zimbabwe as an accounting clerk specializing in both creditors and accounts receivables. He has also made some efforts in working with small to medium enterprises as a tax consultant doing ZIMRA and NSSA returns.

    To enhance his auditing aspirations in a computerised environment, Clayton is also studying towards CISA qualification. As a young man, Clayton respects human rights and he believes in gender equality and he is also of the view that women should also be included in important decision making processes.

    Varaidzo Zhou

    Gender and Membership Officer Varaidzo Zhou is a young woman passionate about contributing to a conducive environment were a women rise to top leadership positions. She dedicated to fighting for women’s rights and reducing a gender gap that exist within the political, economic, social and cultural sectors. She is passionate about mobilizing women to take on leadership positions in the political arena. She is a woman who is driven to help in the creation of a Zimbabwe that respects the rights of different diverse groups, a Zimbabwe were gender issues are not a hindrance to one’ political passion. She is also passionate about human rights, governance and issues to do with peace-building.

    She graduated with an Honors Degree in Peace and Governance at Bindura University of Science Education. She also possesses vast knowledge in monitoring and evaluation.

    Patience Chido Mutakaya

    Outreach Officer 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.