A tribute to Mandela Washington Fellows and the 2017 Zimbabwe State of Human Rights Report

Written By: Dzikamai Bere, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumnus

On 22 and 23 May 2018, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) launched the groundbreaking report, the 2017 State of Human Rights Report in Harare. The report was a fruit of the efforts of the research team that I […]

Rumbidzai Dube: Reflections on Zimbabwe

By: Rumbidzai Dube, 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow. Photo courtesy of Terry Mutsvanga, 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.

Robert Gabriel Mugabe!

I grew up listening to his speeches in international fora and from these speeches my love for international law and international affairs bloomed.

I learnt the value of being assertive; as a […]

Dzikamai Bere | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“The biggest takeaway for me from the Presidential Precinct would be a celebration of youth leadership.” – Dzikamai Bere

Dzikamai has over nine years of experience working in the justice and human rights sector in Zimbabwe. He is Coordinator of the National Transitional Justice Working Group (NTJWG), a platform established […]

Godfrey Kurauone | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“We are also encouraging [youth] to participate in all governance processes, be it constitution making, be it voting, and be it even community meetings.” – Godfrey Kurauone

Godfrey has over five years’ experience in local governance, specifically focusing on policy making and community development. He is the youngest Councillor in […]

Strong Men, or Strong Institutions: Leadership Thoughts from Mandela Day

By Dzikamai Bere, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Zimbabwe

“My country is rich in minerals and gems that lie beneath its soil but I have always known that its greatest wealth is its people, finer and truer than the purest diamonds.”

These words by Nelson Mandela occupied my thoughts on this year’s […]

It is Not Easy to Sing Alone: Lessons from the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

By: Dzikamai Bere, 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Zimbabwe

The Power of Place
The question I keep asking young leaders from Africa is: What is Africa’s greatest challenge?

Monday, June 19 marked the official kick off the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the Presidential Precinct in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a very personal […]

Precinct Alumnus Awarded Prize for Supporting Transparency and Accountability Across Africa

Just about a year ago, Terry Mutsvanga arrived in Charlottesville as a Mandela Washington Fellow. He came with a pervading passion for human rights and the restoring of transparency in governments. Now, in addition to producing and screening his own documentaries, Terry has joined together with other Mandela Washington […]

Precinct YALI Fellow Directs Film Project on Rural Mining in Zimbabwe

Terry Mutsvanga knows well the power of filmmaking in communicating for human rights. He is by no means new to the industry, having received two awards from ZimRights, a Zimbabwean Human Rights Association, for his role in “Dhamu: Voices from a Tent” and “Nyota: Thirts Throats in the City.” […]

Abel Chemura – MWF2016 Impact Story

Abel Chemura is an environment scientist and climate change activist who believes strongly in the need and future potential of young generations in African governments, communities, and environments.

“The older generation of people – when we look up to them, they don’t have solutions because [our challenges] are not problems […]

Terry Mutsvanga – MWF2016 Impact Story

Terry Mutsvanga is an activist focusing on human rights for Zimbabwean citizens. He works to hold governments and communities accountable for good governance and access to justice.

“If I look at the Fellows who are here from Africa – they are young people with a vision. They are determined to […]