ZIMBABWE’S Ruwadzano Patience Makumbe – Lawyer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sky Global Challenges Programme Fellow

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By CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

Hello from @SwanseaUni where @HillaryClinton is visiting the law school named after her! Here she’s with the exceptional inaugural Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholars.

Ruwadzano is a qualified legal practitioner, conveyancer and notary public registered in the High Court of Zimbabwe since December 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (honors) degree from the University of Zimbabwe (2015) and the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters’ Degree in Human Rights Policy and Practice (2018), which is a program jointly offered by the University of Roehampton in the UK, University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the University of Deusto in Spain. She is a candidate of the Global Challenges: Law, Policy and Practice M.A at Swansea University, Uk.

Currently, Ruwadzano is the Strategic Impact Litigation Specialist for the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. Prior to this, Ruwadzano was senior legal researcher in the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe. She has vast experience in legal research, human rights and development programming through engagements with research institutions and NGOs in Southern Africa. Ruwadzano worked in the gender department of SAYWHAT Organization where she assisted in project implementation and facilitation of the Safe Cities Campaign in Chitungwiza and the SRHR Defenders Project. She has also been involved in the organisation of regional workshops and conferences such as the lnternational Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (lCASA) 2015 and the Southern Africa Students and Youths Conference (SASYC) 2015.

Ruwadzano also does consultancy work on various human rights and law issues. She was an expert on women’s rights law in Zimbabwe for the OECD SIGI 2018. She has also developed modules on Body Politics and Civic Education for the Women Rise and Excel Programme.

Ruwadzano’s main area of interest is international law with a particular focus on international human rights issues and international development policy.

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