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Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda
The  African Union Goodwill Ambassador for theCampaign to End Child Marriage
"Ending Child Marriage breaks the cycle of poverty and expands life opportunities for girls"
In 2007, Ms. Gumbonzvanda became General Secretary of the World YWCA, a global network of women and young women leading social and economic change in 125 countries. This appointment followed over 10 years experience with the United Nations, where she served as Regional Director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Eastern and Horn Africa, covering 13 countries.
Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda has a Master’s degree in Private Law with specialisation in Constitutional Property Law from the University of South Africa and completed postgraduate work on conflict resolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. She is active within the women’s rights movement and is a member of such organisations as Women in Law and Development in Africa, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association and the World Conference on Religion and Peace. She serves on the Advisory Board for the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology. She recently founded the Rozaria Memorial Trust (RMT), a charity organisation established in honour of her late mother, a role model in her community in Murewa, Zimbabwe.
In recognition of her approach to empowerment of women in communities, Ms. Gumbonzvanda has been awarded life membership status by the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation, a grassroots organisation with over 4 million members. She is widely published and enjoys poetry. She is married and has two children. The Women’s University in Africa at its International Women’s Day Dinner & Dialogue held at the Rainbow Towers in Harare on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 awarded Ms Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda the Lead Advocate in Gender Parity Award for 2016