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Dr Amy Tsanga

Dr. Amy Tsanga is the Deputy Director of the Women's Law Centre, senior Lecturer in law and activist with broad experience in gender, development, human rights law, activism, teaching, action research and information dissemination. She earned her Ph D from the University of Zimbabwe in 1998. Her thesis examined issues of social activism and rights awareness within an African context. She also holds BL/LLB degrees from the University of Zimbabwe (1986), a Post Graduate Diploma In Women's Law from the University of Oslo (1988) and a Post Graduate Certificate In Law And Development from the University of Warwick (1991). She has served as the Chair of the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association Board.She was also the University of Maine's first Fulbright Scholar in residence, with the Women's Studies Department from August 2001-through to May 2002. Her key skills and qualifications are

Key Skills

- Research: Problem formulation, research methods and methodologies
- Research Analysis skills
- Gender and women’s law analysis
- Programme design and management
- Development of communication strategies particularly legal information dissemination
- Writing
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Computer skills

Key Qualifications

- Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law
- Post Graduate Certificate in Law and Development
- Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Law
- Bachelor of Laws degree
- Bachelor of Law

An aca-activist, Dr. Amy Tsanga has broad experience in human rights activism, teaching, and action research in the area of women's rights and social action strategies.Her professional expertise is grounded in gender, research, human rights and social justice strategies.She also has wide experience in consultancy work on women's rights and human rights issues. Her writings include:

1. Taking Law to the People: Gender Law Reform and Community Legal Education in Zimbabwe (Harare: Weaver Press, 2003)

(Co editor) Paths Are Made by Walking: Human Rights Intersecting Plural Legalities and Gendered Realities (Harare: Weaver Press, 2007)

Forthcoming 2009: (co –editor) Breaking the Mould: Innovative Regional Approaches to Teaching, Researching and Analysing Women and Law.



1. Conclusion in: A Tragedy of Lives: Women in Prison in Zimbabwe Ed by C Musengezi and I. Staunton (Harare: Weaver Press 2003)

2. Lessons from Activism in Legal Services: Implications for the Leal Profession and the Development of Law Curricular in (Copenhagen, 1998) pp 94-108

3. Experiences from Legal Aid and Legal Literacy Programmes in Zimbabwe:Bottom up Approach in Women’s law in R Mehdi and F Shaheed (Eds) Legal Education & practice in Pakistan; North South Co-operation ( Copenhagen New Social Science Monographs, 1997)

4. Participation as a human right: The role of grassroots in popular education in Mia Melin (ed.) Democracy in Africa: On Whose Terms (Sweden: Forum Syd, 1995) pp. 161-172

5. Legal Education and legal services in Zimbabwe: A focus on women, law and culture in, Beyond Law: Stories in Social Change from Latin America and around the World Vol. 3 No. 8 (1993) 11-21

6. Action research in Zimbabwe: Two case studies in Armstrong A (ed.) Women and Law in Southern Africa: Perspectives in Research Methodology Working Paper No.2 (Harare: WLSA, 1990) pp 164-179

7. The Experience of Paralegals in Zimbabwe, in Working for Justice: The Role of Paralegals in South Africa (Cape Town: Leap / UCT, 1990)

8. Fostering rights awareness: Community legal educators in Zimbabwe in Schuler M (ed.) Women Law And Development in Africa: Origins and Issues (Washington: OEF International, 1990 ) pp 127-142


1. A Critical Analysis of Women’s Constitutional and Legal Rights in Zimbabwe in relation to CEDAW Maine Law Review Vo l54 No.2 2002

2. Continuities and Change: Gender Dimensions in Recent Court Judgements Legal Forum Vol. 12 No. 1 (2000) 44-48(Under Feminist Eye)

3. Criticisms Against the Magaya Decision: Much Ado About Something Legal Forum Vol. 11 No. 2 (1999) 94-100

4. Paralegalism: The role of paralegals in the broader context of the profession: Legal Forum Vol. 10 No.3 (1998) 42-47

5. The UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee in Action: Notes of a Fringe Observer: Legal Forum Vol.10 No.1 (1998) 41-48

6. The Proposed Amendments Affecting the Law of Succession Legal Forum Vol. 9 No. 3 (1997)7-11

7. Aspects of human rights in an African context Legal Forum Vol.7 No.4 (1995) 4-8

8. The role of non-government organisations in the reporting procedure under the African Charter. (With G Feltoe) Legal Forum Vol. 7 No. 2 (1995) 3-7

9. Women and elections in Zimbabwe legal Forum Vol. 6 No. 4 (1994) 16-21

10. An Analysis of a grassroots perspective on violence against women in Zimbabwe in the context of the general discourse on violence Zimbabwe Law Review Vol. 11 (1993) 19-26

11. Employee Ownership as a Strategy in Zimbabwe. Commercial and Legal Quarterly Vol. 1 No .4 (1987) 33-36


1993    Produced an annotated Bibliography on Women an the Law for the Institute of Women’s Law, University of Oslo, Norway.

1994    Produced a training manual for Paralegal trainers in Africa for the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva, Switzerland.

1995    Evaluated the Family Laws Project housed in the Ministry of National Affairs, (Zimbabwe) for NORAD, Zimbabwe.
1996    Carried out a training programme on producing legal information materials for the WLSA- Swaziland group- sponsored by the British Council (Swaziland)

1996    Produced a review of women’s legal rights materials in Zimbabwe for the Ministry of National Affairs (Zimbabwe) sponsored by UNICEF Zimbabwe

1996    Participated in the EU Project in support of human rights and democratisation in Malawi. Assisted in analysing and assessing gender and law needs as well as in the production of the report by the gender equality team.

1996    Carried out a regional study and produced a report (directory) for the LRF (Zimbabwe) and the ICJ (Geneva) on the development of paralegal schemes in East, West and Southern Africa. The study included on the spot field visits to NGOs working in the area of legal rights in Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

1998    Carried out research within organisations on needs around women and gender in Zimbabwe for SAIH- a Norwegian student and academic body looking at funding projects in Zimbabwe. Produced paper on perceptions of those working around women and gender issues.

1999    Carried out a marketing evaluation for the Legal Resources Foundation of the impact of their pamphlets in rural communities.

2000    Carried out an evaluation of the external environment within which the Women’s Action Group Operates

2000    (Produced draft a manual on Aids and the Law for the Southern African Aids training Programme (SAT)

2001    Consultant on legal issues for Wills and Inheritance Project

2001-2002       Research for UNICEF on women and children's constitutional and legal Rights in Zimbabwe

2005    Gender and The Law Chapter for Paralegal Manual (Harare: Legal Resources Foundation)

2006    Carried out a study for an Issue paper on needs of the Judiciary in Zimbabwe Commissioned by the UNDP

2007    Carried out research for UNESCO the implementation of domestic violence legislation in Malawi and  South Africa and produced a chapter for publication.


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