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Banjul, 5 August, 2021 – Chipo Irene Rushwaya has joined the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) as Legal Officer.

Chipo holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and has experience working on women and children’s rights, litigation, legal research and advocacy. She is also an attorney, with a wealth of experience litigating cases before the High Court and Labour Court in Botswana.

Following her appointment, Chipo said, “I am particularly pleased to be part of the IHRDA team, and to contribute to the commendable work they are doing across Africa to promote human rights on the continent. I will be glad to work closely with the seasoned professionals at IHRDA, so that together we can boost the effectiveness of the African human rights system.”

On his part, Executive Director for IHRDA, Mr. Gaye Sowe, said, “As a Pan-African organization, we aim to have staff representation for all sub-regions on the continent. Chipo was retained as the best candidate following a rigorous and highly competitive process for the recruitment of a lawyer from Southern Africa. We are glad to have her in our midst, and believe she will contribute enormously to the work of IHRDA.”

Prior to joining IHRDA, Chipo who hails from Zimbabwe was pursuing a PhD in Public Law, with specialization in Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The IHRDA family is pleased to have her on board, as she comes with experience and passion to scale up IHRDA’s work on the African continent.