Sitabile DewaExecutive 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 MachakaireMedia and Publications Officer Substantial work experience (8 years) in media and advocacy in the public and private media covering legal, development, gender and current affairs issues with exposure to civil society organizations in and around Zimbabwe. She has worked for The Herald and The Daily News.
Skilled in creative writing, content creation and editing with vast experience in Current Affairs and Community Development issues reporting with excellent writing skills. Over five (5) years of experience in conducting vox-pops getting general people’s views in communities on gender, socioeconomic and political issues happening around them.
Has been trained to cover children’s issues by the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention) and it’s Model Law The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS), and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Media from the Zimbabwe Open University and a Diploma in Communications and Journalism from Christian College of Southern Africa.
Batanayi Mapinde-GwangwawaProgrammes 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 BereFinance 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 ZhouGender 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.