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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 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.

    Nomalanga Sipapate

    Training and M&E 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.

    Batanayi Mapinde-Gwangwawa

    Training and M&E 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 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.

    Eunice Masvosva

    Finance 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.

    Varaidzo Zhou

    Gender and Recruitment 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 peacebuilding.

    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

    Volunteer 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.