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Dudzai selected for leadership programme

Living with albinism has not deterred Mureyi, a qualified pharmacist, from exploiting her talents both academically and socially.

Dudzai, a former University of Zimbabwe student, participated in the inaugural Imagine Africa reality show aimed at raising awareness of HIV and Aids in 2008.

The MILEAD programme is an initiative for the long-term leadership development and promotion of Africa’s most promising young women leaders.

Fellows go through a year-long training and mentoring programme, designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues.

“She firmly believes that the best kind of empowerment that an African girl can ever receive is inspiration and a lesson on how to believe in her own abilities,” reads part of Dudzai’s profile on the Moremi Initiative website.

Dudzai’s amazing life story was profiled in The Standard two years ago and bagged a gender-sensitive reporting award for the newspaper.

Meanwhile, a Hatcliffe Extension woman has been nominated for two awards in the inaugural Iconic Women Awards sponsored by Professional Women, Executive Women and Business Women’s Forum (Proweb).

Mary Zingwena (59), suffered a stroke in 2003 but still opened a crèche for Hatcliffe Extension children who were spending their days playing in the neighbourhood while their peers from other areas attended lessons at day-care centres.

Her crèche was demolished at the height of the Operation Murambatsvina in 2005 but she revived it afterwards, investing her monthly US$50 pension most of the times.

Zingwena was the only nominee for the Living Beyond Misfortune Category and was also nominated for the Social Work category together with president of the Association for Women’s Grassroots Clubs, Betty Mutero.

Among the nominees for other categories are well-known women including Hope Sadza, Fay Chung, Sarah Kachingwe, Angeline Kamba, Collette Mutangadura, Susan Chenjerai, Rebecca Chisamba, Edna Machirori and Ruth Mpisaunga.

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