Dawn Cavanagh – South Africa

Dawn Cavanagh is a feminist – activist and pan Africanist. She is passionate about the politics of knowledge and the idea of building autonomous movements. Dawn has experience in multiple movements and has worked on a wide range of issues including the right to health, women’s health and women’s human rights, sexuality and gender and on the right to development amongst other issues. She has worked with the Coalition of African Lesbians since 2010.

Personal Assistant

Thokozile Skozana – South Africa

Thokozile is a feminist who believes in the power of women. She is an avid reader and a passionate writer. She speaks six South African languages and prides herself in her ability to find compromises. Thokozile is a very strategic thinker. She is a highly expressive feminist with a will power to put emotion behind numb conversations. She has been part of the Coalition of African Lesbians since May 2015, as an admin assistant and worked her way up to Personal assistant to the Director.

Communications Officer

Tanyaradzwa Daringo – Namibia

Tanyaradzwa is a young African feminist who is passionate about the development of young women in all their diversity. A perfectionist by nature, Tanyaradzwa has a strong background in both Communications and Law and uses the two to interrogate and strengthen the role of women in the continent. A lover of African literature, Tanyaradzwa spends most of her time reading and writing and is always eager for an opportunity to learn. She is currently the Communications Officer for the Coalition of African Lesbians and loving it!

M&E Manager

Nthateng Mhlambiso – South Africa

Nthateng Mhlambiso is a Black African woman, a feminist and an activist in her own right. Her journey in the human rights movement started very early in her life and more formally in the late 90s working as a journalist exposing the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI community in hostile contexts in the African continent. Nthateng has also worked in various sectors including LGBTI rights, women’s rights, climate change, and HIV and Aids among others.

M&E Officer: KP REACH
Zazi Dlamini

Zazi Dlamini – South Africa

Zazi Dlamini is a black queer feminist activist. She has a keen interested in the politics of memory and building feminist spaces. She has most recently been considering how queer archives and queer intimacies can creatively contribute to (re)imagining activisms. Zazi has experience working within student movements, feminist collectives and civil society organizations. She has worked with the Coalition of African Lesbians since June 2016.


Administrative Assistant

Nicolette Ramadapa – South Africa

Nicolett Sikelwa Ramadapa is a women’s rights activist – social activist, writer and a feminist. She is passionate about Online Media, Technology and Creative Arts within the spheres of the LGBT movement. Nicolett is a firm believer that “Feminist internet is a reliable source of information” when it comes to anything relating to Feminism. Nicolett has volunteered for different organizations that fight for African Lesbian women’s rights and Youth development projects. She has been with the Coalition of African Lesbians since 2015.

Senior Office Administrator
Mathabo Maqhubela

Mathabo Maqhubela – South Africa

Mathabo Maqhubela is an activist, a feminist black woman. She has started working for Coalition of African Lesbians in 2010 as a Finance Officer, she has now moved to the technical team as a Senior Office Administrator. She is passionate about the politics of CAL and she is also universal politics conscious. Mathabo has a skill in HIV/AIDS counselling that she practices at Kamohelong Care Center as a care giving whenever she can. She is a hardworking, passion driven, systematic and she is determined to develop herself further.


Surprise Maroga – South Africa

Surprise Maroga is an activist, feminist and human rights defender who identifies as a woman and a proud mother. She has been involved with CAL since November 2007. Surprise joined the CAL secretariat as a staff member in July 2010 as an is currently an Administrator. Passionate about building personal and political spaces to promote friendship and solidarity. She is a lovable person who wouldn’t be caught without a smile, enjoys good cuisine and company.

Logistics Officer

Simphiwe Mabiya – South Africa

Simphiwe is mother to thee most amazing daughter. She has worked at CAL since July 2015 as a logistics officer. This is her first time working in the human rights sector but she has found a clear passion for it, especially working with feminist and learning from them. She is passionate about independence and building inter personal skills.


Advocacy Manager

Carrie Shelver – South Africa

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Advocacy Programme Assistant

Daniela Prado-Castro – South Africa

Daniela is a feminist born in Colombia and raised in South Africa. She has an interest in human rights and specifically issues affecting young women. Daniela’s background is in psychology, and her focus is in community and social psychology. She has worked and volunteered with NGO’s and donor organisations in South Africa dealing with various issues including sexuality, women’s rights and farmers rights amongst others. She has also worked in the psychology field as an intern counselling psychologist with individual clients, families, couples and groups.

Media Specialist

Sheena Magenya – Kenya

Sheena Magenya is a feminist actor, who is passionate about building on the narratives of African women’s struggles and successes, as well as re-imagining new and different ways of advancing social justice demands and calls for transformation. She is passionate about media and words, and the use of technology to bridge gaps, strengthen solidarity and create visibility for the work of various movements on the continent. She has lived and worked in Namibia and South Africa, and is currently based in Nairobi Kenya.

Advocacy Officer

Rumbidzai Chidoori – South Africa

Rumbie is a human rights activist, feminist and academic. She is passionate about all things women and she is particularly dedicated to the advancement of gender equality for the benefit of all women in Africa. She has experience working in the women’s sector, has published a few articles on women’s rights pertaining to customary marriages, financing gender equality and grassroots peace building. She holds an LLB, MA in Human Rights and is currently studying towards an LLD in International Law with a focus on UN Resolution.


Finance Manager

Farisai Sifelani – South Africa

Farisai Sifelani is a professional with a wealth of experience in financial management, internal control, auditing, corporate governance, business ethics and enterprise-wide risk management among other disciplines. She has good analytical skills that enable her to provide solutions to challenges she encounters. She is attentive to detail, assertive and clear about what is needed to shift CAL’s financial management to a new level of excellence! She joined CAL on the 7th of April, 2016.

Finance Officer (Special Projects)

Lesego Mogapi – South Africa

An accountant by profession, Lesego Mogapi is a solid, reliable and passionate activist, feminist and human rights defender. Self-Identified as a woman, Lesego enjoys participating within various ongoing feminist conversations both locally and regionally. With a diligent and trustworthy personality Lesego has seamlessly diversified in portfolio within CAL. CAL allows Lesego to fulfil both her love for numbers and auditing with her passion as a human rights defender.

Finance Officer (General)
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Galaletsang Mtembu

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Special Projects Manager

Trish Dzingirirayi – South Africa

Trish describes herself as an intuitive and strong-willed feminist who aspires to be long life civil rights, social justice and human rights defender and activist. She is fanatical about freedom, gender equality, equity and defying unjust norms and stereotypes. In all her work experiences and engagements, Trish strives to contribute towards a progressive world that embraces or recognizes diversity of humanity. It is in this regard that she has continuously worked in various movements and issues.

Programme Assistant

Tshepo Moyo – Botswana

Tshepo Jamillah Moyo is a poet, writer and Super Hero. She has a history in GBV and SHRR education for young women in Botswana. Her passion is young black women and helping them actualize the best versions of themselves through the use of Activism. She considers herself a full time ungovernable feminist. When she isn’t working she takes long naps, drinks copious amounts of coffee and rides a 450cc Quad bike competitively.

Southern Africa Regional Coordinator

Pearl Magashula – Botswana

Kutlwano Magashula is a feminist who is passionate about the pursuit of human rights and freedoms for all. She is concerned about changing lives and is interested in shaping policy and being a part of the generation that will not be silenced and pushed into submission. Kutlwano has a legal background and is a member of diverse social-justice movements. She joined the Coalition of African Lesbians in October 2015.

WACA Consultant
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Caroline Tagny

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KP Reach Program Coordinator
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Alla Moyo – Botswana

Alla T. Moyo is a feminist, a passionate humanitarian, researcher, International health practitioner and a gender and development professional. She is passionate about human rights, social justice, about right to health. She is passionate about serving the disenfranchised, the marginalized and giving voice to the voiceless. Alla has extensive experience in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right field; and in the HIV and AIDS response landscape. She has worked with the Coalition of African Lesbians since June 2016.

National Programmes Officer - Learning and Development

Anthea Taderera – Zimbabwe

Anthea is a queer black feminist who spends a lot of time pondering the nature of legal power, jurisprudence, and creative ways of using art, poetry (all writing, really) and digital media to better activist. She is currently fascinated by the politics of disease, dis-ease, citizenship and disposability and how these play out on black women’s bodies.

National Program Officer

Tikhala Itaye – Malawi

Tikhala Itaye is vibrant, young women who is passionate about social justice. Tikhala is a lawyer by profession who has been spearheading on issues of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Development, she has played a significant role regionally and internationally in advocacy for women, children and adolescent health and recently has joined the CAL team under the Global Fund KP REACH Program.

National Programme Officer

Lineo Tsikoane – Lesotho

Lineo Tsikoane is the founding director of Lesotho’s first and only public interest litigation center The Seinoli Legal Center. Ms. Tsikoane is a human rights lawyer with vast experience in advocacy, policy analysis, programme planning and fundraising. She has worked briefly with the Law Society of Lesotho and the Lesotho Council of NGOs as democracy and human Rights Coordinator. A Chevening Scholar, Mandela Washington Fellow and previously worked as Executive director for the NGO Coalition on the Rights of a Child and a passionate democracy and judicial reform proponent. She has led campaigns and networks at a regional, national and international level on human rights, in particular women, youth and development. She holds an LLB degree from the National University of Lesotho and LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the University of York, England.

National Programme Officer

Lusanda Shiba – Swaziland

Lusanda Shiba strongly believes in lifting up marginalized voices by openly challenging all patriarchal and racial beliefs through education, resources, discussions and movements. She has worked for multiple community development organizations; from grassroots to regional NGO level, as well as a couple of donor agencies, tackling pertinent issues of education, water & sanitation, health, the environment, food security and HIV/AIDS, to name a few. She has just joined the Coalition of African Lesbians in June, 2016.

National Programme Officer
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Lindelwe Nxumalo – South Africa

Lindelwe joined the CAL team in July 2016. With an educational background in gender and sociology she has been working in the NGO space in areas of women’s health, sexual reproductive health and rights, HIV and gender and youth rights.

National Programme Officer
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Sibusiso Malunga – Zambia

Sibusiso Malunga is a human rights activist/feminist with a strong focus on LGBTQ rights as well as women and girls’ rights in Zambia. She has experience in HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives as well as economic empowerment for women in rural areas. Sibusiso is also largely involved in regional feminist organizing and she is active in the young African feminist movement.