Colleen Lowe Morna
Special Advisor, Gender Links
Multi-talented Women’s Rights activist bringing 40 years’ experience including as the successful founder and CEO of Gender Links, a Southern African NGO and (before that) the South African Commission on Gender Equality. Strategic problem-solver and change manager who has advised several African and international agencies on gender strategy. Visionary, award-winning executive able to implement plans that meet current and future needs. Key expertise in gender, GBV, economic justice, media, communications, IT, strategy, planning, monitoring, evaluation, knowledge management, innovation, learning, financial management, grant management and value for money. Locally rooted; globally connected.
Executive Director of the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Sivananthi has authored regional monitoring reports on the progress governments have made towards their commitments to gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights in the region under the ‘Reclaiming and Redefining Rights’ series published by ARROW. Under her leadership, ARROW expanded its work to include the intersections of sexual and reproductive rights and critical development issues such as climate change, migration and disabilities through creation and development of cutting- edge, thought-provoking publications. Sivananthi is also a She Decides champion, and sits on the leadership of the Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of UN Women, and on UNFPA’s Global Advisory Council.
United Kingdom Head of Gender and Social Development, MannionDaniel
Rolla is a strategic leader in developing and managing projects with a gender and social development focus. She is currently the Head of MannionDaniels’ Gender and Social Development practice. Mostly recently for FCDO, she was Team Lead to produce MENA Country Profiles and a regional overview highlighting gender and equality statistics and trends. She is particularly adept at managing a multi-cultural implementation and research team, working on programs to achieve gender equality, more inclusive education and end harmful traditional practices. She has a technical specialty in sexual and reproductive health and rights, building up her practical knowledge through working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Population Council, and various NGOs. She is originally from the Arab world and has worked for over 20+years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Jordan, and Lebanon, and travelled extensively for work across Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tabetha Rudo Kanengoni-Malinga
Zimbabwe / South Africa
Programme Manager, Women of the South Speak out (WOSSO) consortium
Tabetha began her career in politics, becoming the youngest deputy minister in Zimbabwe at age 31. She won a constituency seat in Mazowe (one of the few women to win such a seat) and worked with community based women’s rights organisations in her constituency. She went on to found The Organisation of Young Women With Dignity that received funding first from WVL and then from VCSA Fund. TOFYWD won awards at the recent WVL summit for its use of social media and innovative use of technology – notably Monday.com. After the summit, Tabetha ran a seminar for WVL grantees on use of this platform, and has since been mentoring two VCSAFund grantees on its use (for planning, finance and IT). Her formidable force of young volunteers (whom she organises on Monday.com) do amazing work on menstrual health.
South Africa / Zimbabwe
General Manager GL Services
Debrah Mukuku has over 20 years of working experience, integrating marketing expertise, customer service, banking and finance as well as relationship management. In 2013, Debrah Mukuku joined Gender Links in South Africa where again she was heading one of the Gender Links Services Income generating unit, the GL Cottages. The critical success factor for this unit is largely dependent on excellent relationship management, an attribute which comes as second nature to Debrah Mukuku. Over the 8 years between 2013 and current year, Debrah has delivered excellently within this GL Services, now Sustainability Unit of Gender Links. Her daily work involves amongst other things, general management oversight, dealing with partners, service providers and other civil society organisations, working together to keep Gender Links Social Entrepreneurship dream alive and thriving!
Malaysia Programme Manager Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW).
Shamala Chandrasekaran is currently working as a Programme Manager with the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW). In addition to ensuring that voices of women, young people and non-binary persons are heard in key advocacy spaces at the national, regional and global spaces, Shamala also supports the Right Here Right Now 2 programme that focuses on advancing young people’s SRHR. Shamala has authored the ICPD+25 Regional Monitoring Report focused on the status of HIV and STI in Asia and the Pacific region. At ARROW, she also reviewed and coordinated the development and publication process of thirteen national research and monitoring report aimed at giving an overview of progress, gaps and challenges towards the implementation of the ICPD agenda that is critical for the implementation of Agenda 2030, key goals and targets relevant to gender and sexuality.
United Kingdom Senior Technical Advisor for Gender and Social Development
Alethea is a policy-orientated international development researcher and senior technical specialist with academic and professional experience working across grants management, impact evaluation and business development in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Alethea specializes in gender, SRHR, social development, and civil society, and produces evidence and advocacy for accountability, designs research and strategy which translates knowledge to action, presents findings impactfully and accessibly to multiple stakeholders, and ensures engagement from grassroots groups through to high-level advocacy meetings. In her current role, Alethea provides technical management, research design and strategy creation across the gender and social development practice.
Programme Officer – Advocacy, Partnership & Capacity Strengthening
Riju Dhakal, currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal is a graduate of Public Health from the Central Department of Public Health, Institute of Medicine, Nepal, who has been actively engaging herself around public health issues and in the area of adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Currently working with ARROW as the programme officer for advocacy, partnerships and capacity strengthening domain, she is actively engaged around regional and international advocacy mechanisms. Besides that, she has also been an active youth activist for the past four years in Nepal and has also represented the issues and young people in the region and international platforms. She is passionate about the use of Comprehensive Sexuality Education as a tool to promote the rights of young people, gender equality and establish better health conditions for them.
Grants Manager GL
Tinashe Chipwanya is the Grants Manager for the Women’s Voice and Leadership South Africa project, run by Gender Links. She is a proficient young woman; a game-changer, a motivator who is very passionate about playing a part in the development of women and youth globally. Tina believes that transformation in our communities can only be realized by the effective support of women’s participation in all economic sectors. Prior to joining Gender Links in South Africa she was involved in women, children and health rights initiatives under the auspices of NGOs like CIVICUS, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWA), Streetlight Schools. She has been part of cross – cutting programmes that challenge and address the exclusion of women and the discrimination against them in the economic, political, social and cultural spheres
Grants Assistant GL
Fikile Maviya is the Grants Assistant responsible for finance management and training of Grantees in the finance systems. She reviews the reports and provides feedback to Grantees and Management. Fikile, joined Gender Links in 2014 working in the Corporate Department and was later in 2015 moved to the GL Cottages to work as the GL Events Manager. In June 2020 due to COVID 19 affecting the Hospitality Industry she left the GL Cottages to join the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project team. Fikile is a holder of an administration diploma, events management diploma, CIS level 2 governance qualification, project management certificate with Norvatis and an SA Specialist certificate holder. Her experience includes finance, event management and logistics, governance, procurement, travel bookings, asset management, office management, contracts management. She has over 15 years’ experience working in different NGOs in the Finance and Administration departments.
Gender and Governance Associate GL
Susan Tolmay has over ten years-experience conducting research and analysis, developing gender policies and guidelines and mainstreaming gender in local government policy and programming. Working in eight Southern African countries she conducted baseline research on gender in local government, which informed project design in these countries.
As a content and knowledge producer and manager she has ensured the production of high-quality, meaningful and well synthesized knowledge products, including programme and project learning products. She has conducted research and written on a wide range of global feminist and human rights issues – including women in political decision-making, migrant and refugee rights, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), gender-based violence and gender and climate justice.
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager GL
Fanuel Hadzidzi has covered a vast number of duties, among which are the following; Development of organizational logical results framework with measurable gender KPIs designed for activities, outputs, outcomes and the overall program goal. Produce detaled work plans, technical reports and continually monitor budget expenditure against projects targets. Collation of data and analysis to produce visual reports using software like Epi Info, Survey Gizmo, SQL, and SPSS.
Gender Justice Associate GL
Kevin Chiramba has 8 years of work experience in the field of gender equality, specializing in sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV), research, also including professional work in the area of gender equality, women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health. Conducted 7 Southern African country research studies and rapid assessments on, SGBV prevention, response, and support; 3 years report writing experience as an author of the GBV Chapter in the annual SADC Gender Barometer; long-term work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nomthandazo Mankazana started her career working as an intern in 2011 and promoted to various portfolios within the organisation including being the Gender and Governance officer, Executive assistant, Alliance and Partnerships South Africa officer as well as the Gender Justice officer. Nomthandazo has been a part of the research teams that compiled the 2013 and 2015 South Africa Gender Protocol Barometer, is the contributing country author of the 2013, 2014, 2015 SADC Regional Gender Protocol Barometers.
During her time away Nomthi completed her Bachelor of Social Science degree from Monash University in South Africa, where she majored in Criminology and International Studies. volunteered at the Kwa-Thema Trauma Centre located at the Kwa-Thema Police Station; consulted with South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) and worked as the EU project coordinator at the National Shelter Movement of South Africa based at Nissa Institute for Women’s Development office on an EU funded project.
She has contributed and gathered data for research conducted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the National Shelter Movement, Housing women who have experienced abuse: Policy, Funding and Practice: Profiling shelters in KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape.
Nomthi returned to GL as the grants coordinator.
Operations Manager, Gender and Social Development, MannionDaniels
Rosey is an experienced operations manager with 15+ years’ experience working in international development and public health. She specialises in managing complex civil society fund mechanisms and programmes, with full oversight of workplans, deliverables, budgets, and team coordination. Rosey has global experience of working on issues of SRHR, public health, and safe motherhood and newborn care. She has managed a range of contracts with European and UK donors including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Danish International Development Agency and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, as well as philanthropic Foundations.
Publications and Productions Associate
From a colourful career as a Girl Friday, PA, stunt woman, mother, retail rep, casting agent, hotelier, plus more… a new path began when Debi started working with GL as a graphic designer in 2004, and continues to do so.