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Talk by Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Inter-generational, Shared, And Transformative Leadership: Advancing Women’s Rights, Wednesday April 4, 12:30-2:00

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The Transnational NGO Student Group is proud to present:


 Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

Secretary General, World YWCA


Inter-generational, Shared, And Transformative Leadership: Advancing Women’s Rights



The global agenda for development, peace, and equality is grounded on notions of equality of voice, opportunities, and access for citizens in their diversity. Leadership plays a critical role as a driver for change. There is urgency, especially in transnational NGOs, to adopt clearer approaches for nurturing, fostering, and sustaining inter-generational leadership. Many organizations struggle with practical ways for facilitating meaningful participation of young people as co-leaders in the development agenda.


Ms. Gumbonzvanda will discuss the World YWCA's agenda for promoting intergenerational leadership and investing in leadership of young women. For a global movement and organization that has existed for 158 years and has a presence in 125 countries, with an outreach to 25 million women and girls; such clarity of approach on shared and transformative leadership is critical. She will focus on inter-generational leadership within the goal of advancing women's rights.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is a trained human rights lawyer with extensive experience in conflict resolution and mediation. She has been working on women and children’s human rights issues, with a special focus on crisis countries, for 25 years. Within the women’s movement, her focus is on violence against women, peace with justice, property rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and HIV and AIDS. Ms. Gumbonzvanda spent over 10 years with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Eastern and Horn Africa, covering 13 countries. Before that she was a human rights officer with UNICEF in Liberia and Zimbabwe. In 2007, Ms. Gumbonzvanda became General Secretary of World YWCA.


Lunch will be served

April 4, 2012

12:30 - 2:00 pm

341 Eggers Hall

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