The Gender Centre Coordinator
Ms Ennie Laurah Mercy Ndoro is a holder of a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Leadership and Gender Studies, a Graduate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas (USA). She also holds a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration Planning and Policy Studies from Zimbabwe Open University, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Arts (English); a Bachelor of Education Degree in English; and a Certificate in Teacher Education (secondary) from the University of Zimbabwe.
Hope/Fay Gender Centre
The centre is named after the core founders of the Women’s University in Africa, Dr Fay Chung currently the chair person of the Board of Trustees and Professor Hope Cynthia Sadza currently the Vice Chancellor of the university. In a bid to gender mainstream, the University is initiating the establishment of a Gender Centre whose main aim is to conceptualize, study and research on gender issues with an African perspective. The Centre is intended to become the focal point of the University development strategy. It is around this Centre that the University seeks to reposition itself in a bid to become ‘the research and training centre for Gender Studies’ not only in Zimbabwe, but in the SADC region and beyond. We held a gender centre conceptualisation workshop from June 8 to 10 June 2011.The aim of the Workshop was to bring in a stakeholder input and experiences from elsewhere into the conceptualization of the Hope/Fay Gender Centre at the Women’s University in Africa, Marondera campus. The Workshop arose from the need to consult stakeholders as part of the University’s curriculum development strategy. The workshop proceedings form the basis of establishing a world class Gender Centre, with state of the art technologies, facilities, and curricula to meet the ever changing demands of gender sensitive societies. The Workshop was guided by the following objectives:
- To develop the philosophy and fundamental principles that should guide research and curriculum development at the Centre.
- To come up with possible academic and vocational courses and programmes that can be offered at the following levels: certificates, diplomas, undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees.
- To identify a range of gender related issues that the research agenda and training at the Centre should address as part of its mandate.
- To identify the facilities that would be needed at the Centre to enable it to meet its mandate, taking into account the ever changing demands of a gender sensitive society, industry and economy.
- To draw up a list of possible strategic partners with whom the Gender Centre can forge symbiotic relationships for mutual benefit.
- We are currently using documentation from this workshop to prepare a brochure for the centre and later in the year we will launch a Gender Centre three-year strategic plan, in line with the rest of the university.