Rumbidzai Dube

Location: Kadoma, Zimbabwe
Precinct Program: Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Date(s): Summer 2014
Title & Organization: Senior Legal Researcher, Research and Advocacy Unit

Rumbidzai Dube is a human rights defender and lawyer from Zimbabwe, with more than six years’ experience in legal research and advocacy work. Currently, Rumbidzai is a Legal Researcher at the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU), a local NGO in Zimbabwe where she is involved in analyzing, critiquing, and contributing towards the transformation of public policy, legislation, and state institutions respectively. She is a published researcher whose most notable contribution has been a gendered perspective on the relationship between political freedoms and democracy in the IDASA Democracy Index, a measure of Zimbabwe’s democracy under the transitional government (2008-2013). Her work enables her to engage from the grassroots level, spending time in communities conducting research and public education, to high-level political forums. She is involved in numerous advocacy campaigns with politicians and policy makers in Zimbabwe, regionally with the African Union and globally with UN treaty bodies such as the CEDAW Committee and the Human Rights Council. Rumbidzai holds a Master’s Degree in Law (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Zimbabwe. Upon her return, Rumbidzai will continue her efforts at legal education through her blog as well as launching her upcoming website, a project that will take law to the streets by simplifying the law in a way the layman can relate to. She will also continue her research work, holding state and government institutions accountable.

Blog Entries

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 […]

Rumbidzai Dube – YALI Impact Story

September 13, 2014 | Rumbidzai Dube | 2014 Washington Fellow

Rumbidzai Dube from Kadoma, Zimbabwe, shares her experience with the 2014 YALI program here at the Presidential Precinct.

Straight Talk Africa speaks with Presidential Precinct YALI Fellow Rumbidzai Dube of Research and Advocacy Unit Kadoma, Zimbabwe

Rumbidzai Dube is a Human Rights Lawyer from Zimbabwe and part of the Young African Leadership Initiative. She spoke with Voice of America’s Paul Sisco about the U.S -. African Leaders Summit. Part of that interview ran on this week’s Straight Talk Africa broadcast with host Shaka Ssali.

Dendere Reshiri, The Bird’s Nest

July 15, 2014 | Rumbidzai Dube | 2014 Washington Fellow

There is a proverb amongst the Shona people in my country-Zimbabwe-which says
“Ziva kwaunobva, mudzimu weshiri uri mudendere” “Know where you are from, a bird’s ancestors are found in its nest”

This proverb speaks to the value of cultural heritage and roots. Once the […]

Rumbidzai Dube: YALI 2014 Reflection

June 16, 2014 | Rumbidzai Dube | 2014 Washington Fellow

When I look at myself, I see a simple girl from a simple background who has had the tremendous privilege of getting critical opportunities in life. At the centre of it all is the gratitude, deep admiration and pride I have in […]