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Slyvia Chirawu


Slyvia Chirawu is the National Director of WLSA Zimbabwe. She holds an LLB(S), an MSc International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe and an LLM from the American University, Washington College of Law. She is the recipient of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (2005-6), a Fulbright funded program that recognizes commitment to human rights and public service. As part of this Fellowship, she specialized in gender and the international protection of women and children’s rights at Washington College of law. Chirawu also teaches family law and estate succession and is currently the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Zimbabwe as well as Chairperson of the Private Law Department. She has written and co-written publications on violence against women, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS and the law and more recently a book on the law of succession. She has contributed as an international expert as follows: International Council on human rights policy : When legal worlds overlap: Human rights, state and non-state law (Geneva 2008), Canadian HIV/AIDS legal network: Respect, protect and fulfil: Legislating for women’s rights in the context of HIV/AIDS : Volume two : Family and property law issues ( 2009), Sex, rights and the law in a world with AIDS : (Mexico, 2009) and Danish Institute for International affairs : Access to justice and security : Non-state actors and the local dynamics of ordering : Copenhagen, November 2010; World bank Violence against women(2013) and removing restrictions to enhance gender equality(2014) for the Women, business and the law series and Getting to equal (2016). Chirawu is a member of the Estate Administrators Council of Zimbabwe. She is currently undertaking Doctorate studies with the University of South Africa focusing on equality and the matrimonial legal framework.