WoMin Board of Trustees


Tafadzwa Kuvheya

Tafadzwa Kuvheya is Project Coordinator at the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA) where she manages the Pan African Advocacy Project in Extractives. She was previously Programme Manager at the Centre for Natural Resource Governance in Zimbabwe.

Tafadzwa has vast experience in transparency, accountability and governance of natural resources concentrating on the extractives sector regionally and internationally. She has played key roles in coalition-building in extractives in Zimbabwe. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (Psychology and Economics) and a master’s in Peace and Governance.


Flaida Macheze

Flaida Macheze works for the União Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC) in Mozambique. She initially joined UNAC in 2006 as the Advocacy and Communication Officer before becoming Assistant to the Board in 2008.

In 2013 Flaida joined the Training, Monitoring and Evaluation department of UNAC, focusing her energy on gender issues, human rights and building on the capacity of UNAC’s staff and members. She holds a teaching degree from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.


Cynthia Matanhire

Cynthia Matanhire is the Finance and Administration Officer for Women and Land Zimbabwe. She is engaged primarily in the preparation of financial reports, audits, payroll and general administration and has more than a decade of accounting experience. Much of her career has involved serving the accounting needs of small businesses and non-profit organisations.

Prior to joining Women and Land Zimbabwe, Cynthia was Finance and Administration Officer for the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, where she served the organisation for six years. Cynthia received her Diploma in Management of Information Systems from the Institute of Management of Information Systems (UK). She is currently working on finalising her professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators Zimbabwe (ICSAZ).


Akhona Pearl N Mehlo

Akhona Pearl N Mehlo is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa currently practicing as the Business and Human Rights Attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). Before Working at CALS, she worked at the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) as a Researcher and Attorney focusing on extractives, openness and accountability, protest and policing as well as immigration issues.



Previous to this, she was a practicing attorney at Gildenhuys Malatji Inc where she served her articles in Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation and Administrative Law, Employment Law and Corporate Commercial departments.


She holds a B.com Law, LLB and LLM degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa. During her Masters, she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Human Rights’ Women’s Rights Clinic where she was part of the team assisting the African Commission’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa. In addition, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CEPIL) a public interest law, human rights non-government and not for profit organization in Ghana.


Beatrice Obbo

Betty Obbo is the Communications and Publications Officer at the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) in Uganda. NAPE works to promote good governance in natural resources and human rights.

Betty’s work focuses on increasing the visibility of the organisation locally and internationally through various communication channels and strategic communications to help raise awareness and promote the work of NAPE as an advocacy organisation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environment Management.


Emem J Okon

Emem J Okon is Executive Director of Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre, Nigeria. Her career as a women’s rights advocate and development practitioner dates back to 1997 when she joined the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL) as a Programme Officer for Popular Education.

Emem became a member of Women in Nigeria (WIN) before joining Niger Delta Women for Justice (NDWJ) and is the National Coordinator of Women Initiative on Climate Change (WICC).

Emem holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Education.