Tell us who you are!
I am a female Zimbabwean international criminal justice lawyer with a passion for the promotion and protection of human rights. Tolerance, diversity and openness are characteristics I value and appreciate in people, institutions, ways of life and ways of thinking.
Tell us more about your career steps and other projects you were part of!
From the age of 6 I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. Understanding and experiencing the effects of racism, sexism and a host of other negative “isms” I knew fighting for justice, equality and the universality of human rights was important to me. With that in mind I relentlessly pursued law and human rights studies at the undergraduate and masters level. After I completed my studies I worked for the International Criminal Court, human rights organisations, law firms and research centres. My work has led to extensive travel, working with amazing people including survivors of the worst atrocities, academics, lawyers and activists. It has also given me the opportunity to make an impact for example, being a part of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre’s attempt to arrest Sudanese President Al Bashir who is wanted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Seeking justice for Sudanese victims, against head of state was humbling, challenging and vital in the fight against impunity.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
Drive, energy, commitment and passion for the work I do have been instrumental in making progress.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
To share knowledge and my experience in order to make someone else’s journey easier and more enjoyable.
To learn from other mentors and mentees- after all we never stop learning.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I can offer my experience as a female lawyer, as an African, as a human rights defender, as a global citizen and as a human being. I can offer career guidance and ideas for aspiring activists and lawyers and am happy to talk about anything a mentee might find helpful.
Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?
I wouldn’t say there is a glass ceiling per se, but based on what I have witnessed and personally experienced young women in the legal profession, face challenges that their male counterparts do not. To rise above this, both men and women need to better understand issues of gender inequality and collectively work towards destroying negative stereotypes. I would also encourage women in the legal profession to be prepared for this challenge, and use it as momentum to reach new heights.