26 July 2007

Zimbabwe: Woman Lands Top Post With World Christian Association

Harare — A ZIMBABWEAN woman, Ms Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda (40) landed a top post with the World Young Women's Christian Association at a recent meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, after she was elected secretary general of the organisation.

An Australian barrister, Ms Susan Brennan (37), was elected president of the association, a grouping of Christian women.

Ms Gumbonzvanda, who holds a masters degree in law from the University of South Africa and did postgraduate studies in Conflict Resolution at Uppsala University in Sweden, also holds a number of positions at international level.

She is currently the first international co-odinator of the Women's Committee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, and chairperson of the advisory committee of the African Women of Faith Network.

Ms Gumbonzvanda, who replaced Ms Masimbi Kanyoro of Kenya who held the position for eight years, is also the advisor to the Centre for Land Economy and Rights for Women.

She said she was honoured to land the position and believed her organisation had the potential to address issues affecting women and come up with solutions.

Two other Zimbabwean women in the YWCA were presented with awards at the conference.

Ms Tashinga Matindike (25) received an award from Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki for her website, Enveloped Emotions, centred on HIV and Aids and has been a source of inspiration to many.

Ms Constance Shumba (25), who is currently completing her postgraduate studies in the Netherlands, got a position in the World YWCA executive board. More than 2 000 women from 107 countries converged at the conference under the theme, "Women's leadership on HIV and Aids".

The Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni, also attended the meeting as well as South African Vice President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and former Ireland President Mary Robinson.

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