Yvonne Jila

CRPP Intern

Yvonne was an intern with Sonke Gender Justice in the Children’s Rights and Positive Parenting Unit. She is a journalist by profession and has eight years of experience in gender and women’s human rights advocacy. As an intern, she focused on fatherhood and media. The internship enhanced her knowledge and understanding of various models used in engaging men towards achieving a gender just society, and in particular positive fatherhood and gender justice nexus.

She is the former director of the International Images Film Festival for Women, a project of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe, where she advocated for women’s rights through film in both urban and rural areas. She also developed outreach and activism campaigns that support gender equality and social justice. Yvonne writes opinion articles on gender justice, mentors young girls in her village and is a strong advocate for the ‘new man’ in fighting for gender equality. She has worked as an intern at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. She holds a Bsc Honours Degree in Sociology and Gender Development Studies from Women’s University in Africa, Zimbabwe. She also studied Mass Communication at Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. As a Mandela Washington Fellow, she spent six weeks at the University of Berkeley, California (Goldman School of Public Policy) studying Public Policy. She has also trained in conflict resolution, research and advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, feminist leadership and public relations.