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Cynthia Mungofa

Zimbabwe Women Against HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Violence (ZWAAPV) - 2010 Fellow

Cynthia is the eldest in a family of four, and a mother of three (two boys; Sacha, 16 years, Zivai, 11 and a girl; Tendayi, 10). She holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe and a masters degree in Development Administration from the Australian National University. Before the Fellowship, she worked as a Program Manager at ZWAAPV. Cynthia is also a publisher, and has written several articles including; “The Corporate Public Sector” and “Tapping the Economy’s Hidden Potential” (Business Herald); “Performance Management in the Public Service” and “Budget 2000: Some Lessons” (Financial Gazette), and “Gender Dimensions of HIV/AIDS” (Gender Forum Magazine).

Cynthia has also worked for the Public Service Commission, IRED-Development Innovations and Networks and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Youth Development, Gender and Employment Creation. And she is a singer-songwriter with a keen interest in the Afro-jazz music genre.

Fellowship Focus: Cynthia sensitized high risk groups and marginalized women on microbicides and other viable HIV prevention options. She worked towards initiating dialogue about HIV prevention tools such as microbicides which would empower rural women, like those in Murewa where her project was based. Cynthia believes that advocacy around the need to expand HIV prevention tools controlled by women needs to be strengthened. Her Fellowship primarily focused on exploring what rural women know about these tools, specifically microbicides, and empowered them through initiating dialogue on these strategies.

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