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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

Problems and Solutions of Starting an NGO event, Wednesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30

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This event will provide a space for mutual exchange among students who share an interest in starting an NGO or are running a start-up NGO. The goal is to provide a learning environment for students to discuss and share their experiences on challenges, solutions, and best practices. 



 Program on Latin America and the Caribbean 

Co-sponsored by the Transnational NGO Initiative 



Problems and Solutions of Starting an NGO  

How do you get from ideas to implementation? Why would you start an NGO rather than joining one? How do you get donors when you have nothing to raise money for (no projects yet)? What are some of the challenges after you start the organization (or of maintaining it)?  


Allyson Goldsmith is the founder and Executive Director of ELEVEate, an organization which helps girls obtain an education in Senegal, and is also currently completing a dual masters in Public Administration and International Relations at the Maxwell School. 

Rose Marie Cromwell is a co-founder and co-director of Cambio Creativo, a grassroots organization facilitating educational workshops in Coco Solo, Panama, and is currently completing her MFA in Art Photography at Syracuse University. 

Roman Yavich is a co-founder of Comunidad Connect, a community development non-profit in Nicaragua, and a current graduate student at SUNY ESF. 

Nicolas Hernandez is co-founder and former director (4 years) of Ocasa, an NGO that works with youth promoting transparency and citizen participation in Colombia. 


All are welcome, but if possible please rsvp to Flavia Rey de Castro at to help us estimate our food order. 



April 4, 2012  

5:30 – 7:30 pm  

220 Eggers Hall  




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