SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Ms Everjoice Win

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Everjoice Win
Centre for Gender Studies

Professor of Practice

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Ms Everjoice Win
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Biography

A Zimbabwean citizen, Everjoice has been active in feminist and social justice movements in her country, the African continent and globally. She started her development career with a feminist organization- Women’s Action Group, in Zimbabwe, where she designed and implemented popular education and community-based development programs as well as national policy advocacy campaigns. EJ, (as she is popularly known), is one of the founders of the Zimbabwe National Constitutional Assembly, a civil society network, which spearheaded constitutional transformation in that country. In the 1990s, EJ worked with the Pan-African Women in Law and Development in Africa, (WiLDAF). The network brought together legal rights, human rights, and development organizations to demystify the law, raise women and excluded communities’ consciousness of their rights, and influence governments to promote and protect women’s human rights. Working collectively with other feminists Everjoice’s work transformed and shaped the women’s human rights landscape across some 24+ African countries. This includes the passing of new laws and policies on domestic violence, inheritance as well as shifting societal norms and values.

Everjoice served as ActionAid's International Global head of Women's Rights between 2004 and 2011. Since 2014, Everjoice is ActionAid International’s Director for Programs and Global Engagement. In this role she leads and oversees the organisation’s programs, advocacy and campaigns. The portfolio includes; Women’s Rights, Civic Engagement and Public Services, Resilient Livelihoods and Climate Justice as well as Humanitarian Response. Together with other feminists in the sector, Everjoice contributed to the setting up of the Feminist Humanitarian Network, whose objective is to shift policies and practices of the humanitarian sector globally to uphold women’s rights. Everjoice holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe.