“Acknowledging that women actually can lead, that they have solutions, and that they need to be supported…there are inequalities that make it difficult for women to be leaders: cultural, religious, but also corporate attitudes, issues of lack of resources for women (…)
People are used to women simply doing things for free, and when women are asking to be paid, it’s very difficult. It is important to acknowledge the challenges women leaders face, the opportunities and uniqueness women bring to the table, but also the knowledge they have about their communities”.
Ms. Nyaradzo Mashayamombe is a Zimbabwean advocate and activist for girls and women’s rights, and is passionate about education especially for girls. She has brought about change in laws and policies for education through her campaign Every Child In School ECIS through her NGO Tag a Life International (TaLI).
Ms Nyaradzo is a multi-award winner for Human Rights. She also advocates for girls and women’s leadership participation and has curated the initiative Leadership Economic Mentorship Hubs – LEMHs program, a leadership Program being run by her NGO TaLI. She is a Philanthropist and Founder of Identities Media Holdings, a media start-up that promotes communications for development focusing on the marginalized, women and youths voices. Currently, Identities Media TV Channel is on Facebook and You Tube, with current shows such as; Identities Umhlobo, The Lens and Identities Conversations. She hosts some of the shows.
She currently sits on the following boards or platforms; Member of the Program Council of the Forum 2000, Advisory Circle of Batonga Foundation and a Board of Trustee of Research Hub for Children with Disabilities – RHCD. She is a current Girls Get Equal Campaign Champion. She is also a Founding Member of Women’s Human Rights, Democracy, and Security by the International Forum for Democracy Renewal hosted by Forum 2000.
Ms Nyaradzo is also a former Girls not Brides Co-Coordinator Zimbabwe Chapter. She is a former board Member of CIVICUS Alliance as well as former Board Member of the Community Solutions Programme, a Global Exchange of IREX funded by the US State Department. She also set on the Board of the Women’s Coalition ‘Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe for 2 years.
Ms Nyaradzo is an alumni of Reagan Fascell Fellowship. She is a United States State Department Elite Alumni after completing the global leadership ‘Community Solutions Fellowship’ with Irex in the United States under Women Issues theme. She is also a Vital Voices Alumni.
She is a global Speaker. She identifies as a Human Rights and Justice Activist, a renowned champion for girls and women’s rights and is bold to stand for what is right. She is also a part time recording Singer/Musician, Poet and Social Commentator. She is a Pan Africanist who believes strongly in Africans Economic Empowering.