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Hope Chigudu

Senior Researcher

Hope is a senior researcher with Afya na Haki, a founding and managing director of Hope Africa, and an activist with decades of experience in feminist movement building and feminist leadership development.

A sociologist by training, Hope holds an MA in Development Studies with a focus on women’s studies. After a start in the corporate world, feminism opened Hope’s eyes and she joined the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Zimbabwe “a changed woman.” Later, recognising the need for women’s autonomous spaces, she became a founding member of the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network. Her experience includes periods working with European funders and the UN before she set up her consulting organisation.

As a renowned gender equality activist and consultant, and an organisational development expert and strategist, she has supported many African and international justice groups, working in most African countries from Ghana to South Africa and serving on the boards of the Global Fund for Women and Urgent Action and on the working committee of the African Feminist Forum.