Zanele Nyathi is a 32-year-old young woman, born and bred in Gwanda. She is married and blessed with a beautiful daughter.
A human resources specialist, Nyathi is a member of the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Human Resources Management (HRM), Diploma in HRM (IPMZ) and a National Certificate in HRM (HEXCO).
Nyathi is a human rights defender, who has worked with various civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations (CSOs) in Gwanda district.
She is the chairperson of the Community Youth Development Trust and also the vice-chairperson for the Zimrights Regional Council (Matabeleland South).
Her previous employment was at Gwanda Rural District Council where she served as a human resources and administration intern.
At Gwanda Rural District Council, Nyathi gained vast experience in managing people and she is currently rendering her voluntary services at Zimbabwe Health Interventions as an IMsafer Instructor under DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe) programme.
Nyathi is a passionate women’s rights defender evidenced by her continuous lobby and advocacy for women and girl’s rights on sexual and reproductive health rights issues and service delivery in ward 4, Gwanda urban.
Her aspirations are based on bringing new ideas that will change the lives of young woman, to promote organisational growth and sustainability of the Young Women Forum.
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“As a young woman leader, it made me realise that women are capable; they are able to do anything despite any hindering circumstances,” Nyathi said.
“Women are destined to lead, we have power, we can do wonders when given an opportunity to lead.”
Nyathi believes she is confident enough to stand up for other women in her community when their rights are violated.
She has promoted women and girls empowerment through her pad drive campaign which has yielded positive results and attracted more players in the CSOs.
What drove this initiative was her concern on menstrual health of a girl child and ending period poverty during this Covid 19 era.
“I am a woman, that means I am powerful more than the society can perceive, I can do anything that a man can do, after all we are all human,” Nyathi said.
- This article was made possible through support from the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) under the Amplifying Young Women’s Voice for Equality and Non-Discrimination initiative supported by the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).