Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

General Secretary,
World YWCA

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer, has been the World YWCA general secretary since 2007. Her leadership of the World YWCA movement extends across 108 countries with a reach of 25 million women and girls. She provides leadership for the YWCA movement’s priorities in women’s inter-generational leadership, women’s rights and movement building with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS, violence against women, peace with justice, and economic empowerment.

She has over 10 years of experience with the United Nations, where she served as regional director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), now UN Women, and as a human rights officer with UNICEF in Liberia and Zimbabwe. She is the current president of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva. Gumbonzvanda recently served as commissioner for the UN Commission on Information and Accountability on Women and Children’s Health.

Gumbonzvanda has a master’s degree in private law with specialization in constitutional property law from the University of South Africa and completed postgraduate work on conflict resolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. She serves on various boards of development organizations including Action Aid International, CIVICUS and Save the Children UK. She is the founder and chairperson of Rozaria Memorial Trust. She is an active member of women’s organizations including the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association.