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International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law: The State of Human Rights in Zimbabwe

The International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL)
is honored to present a San Francisco briefing by our Zimbabwean partner 

The State of Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Kuda Chitsike, Director - Research Advocacy Unit

Wednesday May 20th, 2015 

Graciously hosted by Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94105


This week, RAU will release a report on Early/Child Marriage in Zimbabwe, with a detailed at the Goromonzi District. Kuda Chitsike will discuss the findings and implications of the report, and will additionally discuss other initiatives of the Research Advocacy Unit, including the documentation of sexual violence, engaging women in governance, and innovative uses of technology to improve community monitoring of parliament.  

Kudakwashe (Kuda) Chitsike became the Director of the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) in 2013 having jointly developed the organisation in 2006 and serving as the Programme Manager for the Women’s Programme for seven years. A highly experienced and committed lawyer, Kuda has over 15 years of experience working on human rights, democracy and governance issues in Zimbabwe. Well-respected in the human rights and the women’s movements, Kuda has determinedly pioneered the documentation of gross human rights violations against women, enabling broader engagement with the issue. Kuda led a team that produced a documentary entitled Hear Us: Zimbabwean Women Affected by Politically Motivated Violence Speak Out in 2009. This innovative work has facilitated the opening of public discussion about politically motivated sexual violence. Kuda Chitsike has written extensively on transitional justice, democracy and governance with special emphasis on women's issues. Kuda holds an LLM in International Public Law from the University of Stellenbosch. She is on the boards of several Zimbabwean organisations - the Adult Rape Clinic, Tree of Life Trust and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association – and also sits as a Curriculum Advisory Committee member of the Institute of Security Studies' African Centre for Peace and Security Training based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) of Zimbabwe is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation with a mission to provide high-quality research on human rights and governance issues, particularly those pertaining to women and children as empirical evidence for advocacy to influence relevant and appropriate policy change. 

The International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL) is an international network of lawyers who believe in gender equality and justice for all people.  A new concept in pro bono work, we harness the power of volunteer lawyers, and use it to promote and help security equity and rights for women and girls worldwide. 

Earlier Event: May 14
Minority Bar Coalition Mixer
Later Event: May 29