Achieving Gender Justice & Reconciliation - Muneinazvo Kujeke
On 22 November 2017, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in partnership with LEAD SA, will celebrate 10 young African activists (between the ages of 18 – 35), who are doing exceptional work in the Gender Justice Field.
Since the year 2000, the IJR hosts the prestigious Reconciliation awards ceremony where individuals or organisations are recognised for their contribution in advancing reconciliation across different spheres of society.
Building on from last year’s successful introduction of the Rising Shaper award where three young people who made an outstanding contribution to achieving nation-building and reconciliation were recognised, this year 10 young activists were chosen from 47 public nominations.
Muneinazvo Kujeke, South Africa
As a young Pan-African female aspiring to influence others towards attaining peace and security in Africa, Muneinazvo prides herself in her work on putting African youth at the core of initiatives that build the continent. Having found her feet through the African Youth and Governance Initiative in Accra, Ghana in 2012, she has dedicated her career to conducting informed research in all 5 regions of the continent.
Her research ranges from work on the #FeesMustFall movement, highlighting the violence within the protests that culminated into the #RapeMustFall movement to authoring gender sensitive pieces such a women's participation in Liberian politics. Muneinazvo believes that as she builds on her writing, more policy makers will be influenced to make changes that benefit young women like herself in the modern African society.
Muneinazvo is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies with the University of KwaZulu-Natal whilst working with the Institute for Security Studies on human security issues affecting African Youth.