Mpiwa Mangwiro

PDA Unit Manager


Mpiwa Mangwiro-Tsanga is a trained lawyer who holds a Bachelor of Laws Honours Degree and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies where she graduated cum laude. She has over 14 years’ experience working within the field of human rights. In South Africa, she has worked with numerous women’s rights organisations such as People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA), Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC), Human Rights South Africa (HURISA), Oxfam GB where she has held various portfolios from researcher, legal advisor to advocacy specialist. She also has expertise as a research consultant where she has worked with diverse global human rights organisations monitoring and evaluating implementation of various projects aimed at advancing human rights and gender equality.

At Sonke she has held the position of Regional Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist, where she has worked with MEA partners across 22 countries in Africa, providing support and technical expertise in the Alliance’s advocacy work.  Mpiwa has also engaged with various regional and international human rights platforms such as the Commission on the Status for Women (CSW) where she has been an official Civil Society Gender Advisor to the South African Government Delegation, The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on SDGs, The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to mention a few advocating for the advancement of women’s rights and gender justice. Mpiwa is passionate about advocating for equality, gender justice, peace and security. She believes in a world that is inclusive and conducive for everyone to realise their full potential.