EMTHONJENI WOMEN’S FORUM (EWF) was established in 2010 and effectively became operational in 2013. It was born from a passion to assist women victims of gender based violence by providing counselling services and court support services as well as raising awareness on women’s human rights in relation to gender based violence. The passion being to heal and empower through enabling women realise the potential power they have to end gender based violence. The organisation was established by Sikhathele Matambo a former educationist, now a Development Worker who realised the heterogeneity of women and the need to respond differently to their needs especially with regards to intimate partner violence. EWF has over the years trained community based counsellors, male champions in Insiza and uMzingwane to assist women with knowledge on gender based violence, how the courts work as well as assist with making informed decisions about the situation they find themselves in.
To see a society that is gender-based violence free, seeks gender justice and equity, offers equal access to positions of responsibility and full participation in economic development.
To provide an opportunity and platform for targeted communities to challenge the behaviours, beliefs, customs that promote gender-based violence, inequity and gender injustice.
To contribute towards a gender just and gender based violence intolerant society.
We envision a society that provides gender justice.
We promote respect for women and girls as an enabler for development.
We offer offer a holistic package that will positively impact on both the perpetrator and survivor of domestic violence.
Transparency and goodwill are key drivers of positive social transformation.
We promote responsible citizenry as a means to curb Gender Based Violence.
It is important to protect the identities of women and girls who are faced with GBV so that they are not shunned or stigmatises in their communities.
Leadership at all levels should be held accountable on issues that are are key to the development of communities.
We promote professionalism as an enabler for economic empowerment for women and youth operating in marginalised communities.
Thobekile Matimbe is a passionate Human Rights Lawyer who has extensive experience in family law. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow 2018 and a Regional Advisory Board Secretary for the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2018-2019 Cohort. As Board Chairperson, she hopes to contribute meaningfully to ending GBV in Zimbabwe.
She has vast experience, of 15 years in the NGO sector nationally and regionally level. Florence holds a Master of Science in Peace, leadership and Conflict resolution and a Bachelor in Media Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University, ZOU and number of International and Regional certificates in human rights and peace building.
Sichasisile is an accountant by profession and is currently studying towards her Master’s Degree in Project Planning and Management. She brings to EWF her wealth of knowledge on inclusion of young people especially young women in effective participation and inclusion in all aspects of life and promotion of gender equality.
Sibusiso Sialumba brings with her wide-ranging experience of more than 20 years in the Accounting field. She holds a Master of Science Accounting & Finance, B.Com Accounting from the National University of Science & Technology
Phathisiwe has extensive experience in project/program design, planning, implementation, management, monitoring, reviews, evaluations and organization development. She is currently registered for a PhD in Sociology.
Nkosilathi has vast experience in Human Resource Management. He has served as a Council Member at IPMZ for 3years. He is a holder of a Certificate in Education (C.E), Diploma in Personnel Management (IPMZ), Bachelor of Arts (BA-ECS), Master of Business Administration (MBA) he is currently employed by Lupane State University.
Nomalanga Nkala-Zulu has 24 years work experience working in the Human Resources and Administration departments. She holds an Honours Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Zimbabwe and a Diploma in Personnel Management from IPMZ.