Meet Our Judges for 2020

Rejoice Nharaunda-Makawa (Chairperson)

Rejoice founded Chengeto Africa Trust, a women’s rights organisation that provides shelter and support to GBV survivors, as well as running the ISSUES – PaneaNyaya talk show across 7 radio stations and a television station in Zimbabwe.

Her work as a radio and television host tackling subjects around gender and sexuality including GBV is pioneering and was part of the reason she was one of the Embassy’s 16 gender champions in 2019. We are delighted to have Rejoice on board to chair our panel of judges in 2020.

Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda

Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda has walked the talk on gender equality for decades. She has dedicated her life to the cause, both internationally with organisations such as the UN, the AU and the YNCWA, and at home in Zimbabwe where she founded the Rozaria Memorial Trust.

The trust provides shelter to women in need and survivors of GBV, and vocational training for girls and women in Murewa. Nyaradzai chaired the panel of judges in 2019 and we are honoured she is bringing her experience and wisdom to the 2020 team.

Butholezwe Kgosi Nyathi

Butholezwe is the Regional Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. His passion for development and cultural heritage has seen him become a Chevening Scholar and Mandela Washington Fellow among other leadership development accolades. He is enthusiastic that women take a more prominent role in the arts and brings to the panel a strong vision for a more equal society.

Godfrey Nyoni

Godfrey is a legal practitioner working in Bulawayo on corporate and human rights law. He currently sits on the board of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and is the Chairperson of the Administrative Board of Amnesty International Zimbabwe.

In addition to representing the legal fraternity and Matabeleland, Godfrey brings a passion for equality and justice to the panel in 2020.

Godfrey Nyoni

Clara Mlambo

Clara is a businessperson with decades of leadership to her name. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Liquid Telecom Southern Africa. She also sits on various boards including being the Board Chair of ZimTrade.

Clara is an inspiration to young professional women and a key part of driving nominations from Zimbabwe’s businesses where gender equality is lagging.