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Muzvare Betty Makoni
Works at Girl Child Network Worldwide
Attends Royal Holloway, University of London
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Muzvare Betty Makoni is one of this year`s The Voice Achievers Award winners for The African Image Maker category accordingi to the Voice All details of the ceremony are below and you are all invited to join her and many othe...
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Rumor has it- Muzvare Betty Makoni gave a girl for marriage? Here is the evidence
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Amazing song and the best way to bring humanity together.Deeply touching song.The faces of African girls and Military wives together is a well thought combination to bring humanity together.Well done Gary Barlow.You are the song.I am deeply inspired 

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I am enjoying the great lyrics..kupinda mogeredza naTocky
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On 19 September 2013, I got featured in the UK National Metro newspaper and the story was written by journalist Etan Smallman. The story I had shared was on my experience of Female Genital Mutilation Type 4-pulling which camp...
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The victims of the Kombi rankie taxis has not yet come forward? Sometimes there are many victims who are not even aware they have rights ?But the good part is that if ever she is found police in Zimbabwe is willing to help.
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I am the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Girl Child Network.I also get many women and girls wanting to replicate the Girl Child Empowerment Model and so I give consultancy services to organisations who want to learn from my experience.I do coaching,mentoring and training to women and girls who want to set up Girls Empowerment Programs in their countries.Many donors supporting girls projects consult with me on best practice programs for girls worldwide.As CNN hero for protecting the powerless ,I have become Global Advocate for girls rights and daily I speak out on issues affecting girls.Being a girl child rights activist has given me a platform to do what I love doing best -empowering girls so that what happened to me ,my mother and grandmother does not happen to any woman again.I am just a woman on a mission to mobilise resources to ensure there is gender equality in the world .I work everywhere and with everyone
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  • Girl Child Network Worldwide
    Chief Executive Officer, present
  • Restored UK
    Trustee, present
  • Muzvare Betty Makoni Empowerment Initiative LLP
    Director,Lead Consultant, Motivational Speaker ,Trainer ,Coach, present
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Essex
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Chitungwiza - Hwange - Kadoma - Gaborone - California - Addis Ababba - Harare - Johannesburg - New York - London - Watford - Mazowe - Mutare - Rusape - Chihota -
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Muzvare Betty Makoni (BA Gen, BA Special Hons, currently pursuing MSc Graduate degree Full Time at Royal Holloway University 2014-2016) is Founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide, a registered international organisation championing for empowerment and education of girls in Africa since 2009.  She was recently appointed as Advisor to Board of International Peace Group based in South Korea. From 1998 to 2008 after founding Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe she worked with over 350 000 girls over a decade and helped many of them to grow into confident women leaders that they are today. With her proactive and preventative girls empowerment model which has been replicated in over 10 countries worldwide, she churned out thousands of girls from poor backgrounds who are in various careers previously dominated by men.

 

In her many high profile titles, millions across the world passionately call her CNN Hero as she was the top in 2009 category for Protecting the Powerless and was honoured by Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. Recently in UK she was presented with the Prestigious Profile In Courage award for her role to stop FGM and harmful cultural practices in UK and Africa. In her many other  community leadership  roles she is an Ashoka Fellow, CNN hero, UK Diaspora Changemaker and an officially approved and awarded Motivational Speaker of the year-2014 in UK . Her career spans over many years as a gender activist to UK Gender Based Expert with special focus on girls . In her tribe and many African Royal communities round the world, she holds an official title Muzvare-Her Royal Highness-The Princess.  Recently she was officially installed as a Yeye Ashiwaju Omoba translated means Mother of and Leader of African Princesses by Princess Deun Adedoyin Solarin of Nigeria which is the highest honour an African woman can get from her people.

Muzvare Betty Makoni`s experiences shaped her to be the advocate and champion for girls rights she is today. Orphaned at age 9, she grew up as one of the most poorest and marginalised African girls in the early 1980s and the education she attained up to degree level was through the Work For Your Education program where she became a child labourer at a middle girls` catholic school in Zimbabwe and it is this experience that shaped her to be the humanitarian she is today. In 1998 she founded the Girl Child Network in her home country and gave her time fundraising in order to build Girls Empowerment Villages that rehabilitated over 70 000 girls sexually abused. Realising what she had done to empower herself as a poor girl , she went back into the poorest areas of Zimbabwe with a leadership and mentorship program that inspired, motivated and empowered over 350 000 girls in school based clubs. Today Girl Child Network is a model replicated in six African countries with her volunteer time to train, nurture and support many leaders. She has started a Girl Child Empowerment pilot project at a Girls School in UK and USA.

In 2012,   Muzvare Betty Makoni was one of the first to be selected to the team of experts for Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) was officially launched on 30 January 2013 by the UK Foreign Office. As a Gender Based Violence expert she had the honour of campaigning and advocating  to leaders of G8 and diplomatic missions based in London on the need to support initiatives to prevent rape as a weapon of war. She is apparently developing her career as a gender based violence expert for recently she was selected to be part of the Team of experts to work on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict an initiative by Foreign office.

Muzvare Betty Makoni has passion to  work to save the most vulnerable and powerless women and girls and those invisible and therefore her activism to speak and advocate for women from her base in UK. Her efforts are focused in creating the Girls Empowerment and Education Fund to be managed by Girl Child Network Worldwide ensuring marginalised girls in Africa get support for their projects without bureaucracy and delays leading to loss of lives and human potential.

Despite the challenges, persecutions and trials and tribulations, Muzvare Betty Makoni has not stopped her humanitarian work to rescue and protect the most vulnerable women and children wherever she sees them suffering. She has become the spokesperson and advocate of the voiceless. She recently published her second book entitled Never again, not to any woman or girl again and has gone to inspire and speak to many women round the globe on the need to strengthen their work and build sustainable income at grassroots level to support whatever innovative strategies that alleviate poverty and violence.

Even though many associate Muzvare Betty Makoni with formation of Girl Child Network only, she has many organisations she formed like Ray of Hope in Zimbabwe which supports survivors of domestic violence at grassroots level. Her life was spent volunteering to shape policies and strategies of other big organisations like Oxfam Novib, UNAIDS and currently she is dedicated to supporting the work of Restored UK as a Trustee to ensure there is a strong global alliance to stop violence against women. Girls round the world have expressed gratitude to Muzvare Betty Makoni as they passionately call her by writing her story and making it a life donation that has inspired and empowered many girls round the world. One of her girls she admires the most Memory Bandera set up Girl Child Network Uganda where she helps many girls.


Muzvare Betty Makoni has a lifetime of volunteerism and service to many causes and has served on Oxfam Novib and UNAIDS Round Tables. She sits on many boards of high profile organisations like RESTORED UK and serves as Ambassador and Patron of Africa Achievers Award and Zimbabwe Achievers Awards. Muzvare Betty Makoni is the first woman to serve as Global Ambassador for UN 19 days of Activism   for prevention of Child Abuse by Women World Summit an organisation with UN consultative status. Muzvare Betty Makoni recently accepted to be Patron of UK based Malawi Women`s Association, an organisation whose success she wants to see.

For all her hard and passionate work she has been featured by major television and radio stations and global newspapers like Metro UK just recently as Woman of Courage, CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, Channel Five UK, New York Times, Marie Claire, Voice of America, The South African to name but a few. The world has responded by documenting the success of her work and the many beneficiaries whose lives were saved or transformed. CNN, Dalai Lama, World Children`s Prize and My Hero`s Project awarded Muzvare Betty Makoni as a hero. Zimbabwe Institute of Management awarded their first national contribution to Muzvare Betty Makoni. Her tribe where she is a royal officially conferred the Title Muzvare- Her Royal Highness the Princess to Muzvare Betty Makoni for saving girls lives. To her name are 46 global awards from the most Prestigious organisations in the world making her the most awarded African women where with the Decade Global Child Rights hero she became one of the honorary winners alongside President Nelson Mandela.

 

 

Muzvare Betty Makoni might be the highest honoured and awarded African woman in the world with 42 local, regional and   global awards for innovation, commitment and passion for her work to protect over 300,000 girls in Zimbabwe. United Nations Red Ribbon award honoured Muzvare Betty Makoni and Girl Child Network as having the most innovative strategy for gender equality. Muzvare Betty Makoni is an Ashoka Fellow and singled out as one of the investors in poor and marginalised women and girls deserving of this life honour as a fellow. News Week   named Betty as one of the 150 women who shake the world, alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An Honorary Decade Child Rights Hero award (2011) that Muzvare Betty Makoni received alongside President Nelson Mandela, who won the award, also shows the impact Muzvare Betty Makoni has made globally. In UK, Power Women named her Motivational speaker of the year.

 

Muzvare Betty Makoni is a published author of a poetry book,   A woman, Once a Girl: Breaking Silence, which was recently launched in London.  Her Autobiography Never Again, not on any woman or girl is inspiring women round the globe. Her latest poetry book entitled, The Inspiring and Empowering World of Muzvare Betty Makoni celebrates many women who inspire her and also creates a 21st century rhythm for the women`s movement.

 

Muzvare Betty Makoni is a hostess of a women and girls empowerment program on Pamtengo Radio every Monday. She is also hostess of a radio program called Never Again whose title is taken from her official Autobiography and weekly featured on the popular Zimbabwean radio called Nehanda Radio.

 

Muzvare Betty Makoni  is featured in best-selling books including Women Who Light the Dark by Paola Gianturco, On The Up by Nikki and Rob Wilson, as well as main subject in the award winning documentary, Tapestries of Hope, by U.S. Hollywood Director Michealene Risley. The Girl Child Network Empowerment Model which she started in 1998 has been singled out as Best Practice and included in University of Essex Journal for Human Rights 2010.

 

 

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Named one of the 150 women who shake the world by Newsweek
Education
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    Msc in Social Policy and Law, 2014 - present
    Practice Learning 1, Social Policy for Social Workers, Human Behaviour in the Social Environment, Theories and Knowledge for Social Work Practice, Law for Social Work
  • University of Zimbabwe
    B.A General in English, Linguistics and Shona, 1994 - 1995
    Introduction to Criticism, Introduction to Study of Literature, Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics, Introduction to Structure of Language, Introduction to Shona Literature, Introduction to the Structure of Shona, Critical Theories: Language and Literature, General Linguistics Theory, Sociolinguistics, Practical Drama 1, Poetry and Drama, African Literature: Regional Studies, Language and Literature, Shona Dialects and Orthography, Practical Drama 1
  • University of Zimbabwe
    Post Graduate Honors in Theatre Arts, 1991 - 1995
    Theatre Arts Management, Uses of Theatre, Theatre in Africa, Advanced Production, Dissertation
  • Nagle House
    A Level, 1990 - 1991
    English, Shona and History
  • St Dominic`s Chishawasha
    O level, 1986 - 1989
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