Tinashe Mundawarara

Regional Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist

Tinashe is an attorney with extensive experience in grant  and programme management. He has traceable success in policy advocacy and litigation around health rights, decriminalization of PLHIV, sex workers, and participation rights.

Tinashe worked for more than ten years at Lawyers for Human Rights deploying cross cutting skills at the intersection of law reform, advocacy, and communication for the benefit of projects on disability rights, women empowerment, HIV and sexual reproductive health.

Before joining Sonke, Tinashe worked as an advocacy expert  for the US based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs,  providing technical assistance on the Women’s Inclusive and Leadership Program and building coalitions for policy reform on disability rights, LGBTIQ+, and women.

His interests include exploring policy reform advocacy, and its flexibility to evolve, towards cultivating  possibilities for gender equality, social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Tinashe sits on the board of the Health Law and Policy Consortium and the World Health Organisation (WHO) National Validation Committee on the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis in new born babies in Zimbabwe. Tinashe enjoys using photovoice and documentaries in advocacy. His documentary on sex worker’s rights was used as a resource by the UN Global Commission on HIV for the Africa Dialogue Series. He participated as an expert resource on the UNDP – ICJ work in training judges and eminent jurists in Africa on criminal laws, HIV and key populations.

Tinashe is a Chevening and Canon Collins Scholar, with an MA  in Communications studies  from the Institute of Communication Studies at University of Leeds and an Msc in Health Policy from the Faculty of Medicine at the Imperial College of London, UK.