Tsitsi Matekaire joined Equality Now in September 2016. She has over 16 years of experience of advocating for women’s rights in Zimbabwe and the UK. She is a passionate advocate for women's rights who believes women survivors’ voices, perspectives and needs should be at the center of efforts to address sex trafficking. Prior to joining Equality Now, Tsitsi was Program Manager at Womankind Worldwide providing program and advocacy support to women’s rights organizations in Ethiopia, Uganda and Zimbabwe on ending violence against women, and promoting women’s civil and political participation. She has also worked with women’s rights organizations in Zimbabwe as the Director of Women in Politics Support Unit and Legal Officer at Women’s Action Group. Tsitsi holds an LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham (UK) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Zimbabwe.
Tsitsi wants to see women and girls enjoy their human rights across all spheres of life. She believes that it is imperative to keep governments accountable in upholding laws that advance and protect women’s rights. This is key in addressing the root causes and structural barriers that undermine gender equality and keep women and girls from fully enjoying their rights.
Tsitsi’s shero is Miriam Makeba and her favorite quote is by Maya Angelou: "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." Outside of work, Tsitsi loves listening to music and watching TV crime dramas. She also enjoys green walks in London.