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Courageous Jestina Mukoko reflects on horrid abduction, says ‘they broke my body but not my spirit’

By Edinah Masanga   Jestina Mukoko’s name reverberated around the world when she was abducted on December 3 in 2008. A broadcaster turned human rights activist, Mukoko was abducted in the thick of dawn by Mugabe’s henchmen and held incommunicado for 21 days. After that, she was sent to maximum prison for 68 days on … Continue reading Courageous Jestina Mukoko reflects on horrid abduction, says ‘they broke my body but not my spirit’

Tariro Makanga: “The glass ceiling can be broken if we put our best in everything we do”

Interviewed and edited by Edinah Masanga Tariro Makanga is one of Zimbabwe’s finest women; smart, highly educated, beautiful, hard working but most of all generous and humble. Her work has seen her bring into the limelight the plight of People Living with HIV, sex workers and other key populations in the health and development sector. … Continue reading Tariro Makanga: “The glass ceiling can be broken if we put our best in everything we do”

Grace Mutandwa: “Literature can shape our trend of thought and must be used to build not destroy women”

Interviewed and edited by Edinah Masanga Grace Mutandwa is a Zimbabwean journalist-turned-author. She is the past Lifestyle and Arts Editor of one of the biggest newspapers in Zimbabwe, The Financial Gazette, where she also ran a weekly social column, Chilling Out. After 17 years in the media, she joined the British Embassy as Press and … Continue reading Grace Mutandwa: “Literature can shape our trend of thought and must be used to build not destroy women”

Zukiswa Wanner: “I want people to relate to my work based on individual artistic merit not labels “

By Edinah Masanga When I reached out to Zukiswa Wanner I secretly hoped she would say no, so that I could then say we had an author on the list but she turned our interview request down. I think that would have been better than sitting and writing this piece because it’s so hard, writing … Continue reading Zukiswa Wanner: “I want people to relate to my work based on individual artistic merit not labels “

Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller: On feminism, mentorship and using the law for gender justice

Interviewed and edited by Edinah Masanga Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller is a remarkable example of female power and how pivotal education is in helping women occupy positions of power and influence. She is one of the few women who has gone as far as being shortlisted for the position of Public Protector in South Africa. Walk … Continue reading Professor Narnia Bohler-Muller: On feminism, mentorship and using the law for gender justice

Dr Wendy Luhabe: “I mentor many young people, both men and women to find their magnificence”

Interviewed and edited by Edinah Masanga Dr. Wendy Luhabe is one of Africa’s most decorated women academically but also one of the most successful professionally. She graduated with a B.Comm 36 years ago and became one of the first black women to qualify in commerce in South Africa and has never looked back since. She … Continue reading Dr Wendy Luhabe: “I mentor many young people, both men and women to find their magnificence”

Thelma Chikwanha: A journalist leading by example through courage, resilience and excellence

Interviewed and edited by Edinah Masanga Being a journalist in Zimbabwe is generally hard, even more so when you are a woman. To kick off our series on #AllWomenAreRoleModels, Edinah Masanga (EM) speaks to WEFSA Chairperson Thelma Chikwanha (TC) about her professional and personal life. Who is Thelma Chikwanha? Well, Thelma Chikwanha is a journalist, a … Continue reading Thelma Chikwanha: A journalist leading by example through courage, resilience and excellence

Comfort Dondo: “I am because the fire in me burns more than the fire around me”

Interviewed and edited by Edinah Masanga Comfort Dondo is confronting racial challenges, ethnic hostilities, and gender-based prejudices to confront domestic violence in the African immigrant community in the United States. We asked Comfort to share her story with us. What inspires you to tackle a subject so touchy and in so volatile an environment? As President … Continue reading Comfort Dondo: “I am because the fire in me burns more than the fire around me”