Dr. Christina Mudokwenyu-Rawdon passes the WRA Zimbabwe National Coordinator baton to Geraldine Nyaku

May 29, 2020 | Blog, News, Zimbabwe

Please join us in celebrating the incredible achievements and contributions of Dr. Rawdon as founding member and National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance in Zimbabwe.

Dr. Rawdon is a venerable champion for midwifery and women’s health and rights.  With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Rawdon holds a PhD and Masters’ Degree in advanced midwifery practice and sexual and reproductive health. Formerly, she was the Editor-in-Chief for the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and country focal lead for the Laguina Africa Midwives Research Network; currently she is a member of the National Institute for Health Research Global Health Group on Stillbirth Prevention and Management in Sub-Saharan Africa, the University of Manchester Advisory Board, and member of the Advisory, an ICM competency-based midwifery education trainer and co-supervisor for students on PhD studies. She has received two international awards recognizing her leadership in the field of midwifery: the International Confederation of Midwives Marie Goubran Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and extraordinary commitment to childbearing women and their families in 2011 and the Laguina African Midwives Research Network Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Since 2011, Dr. Rawdon has led WRA Zimbabwe to incredible achievements, particularly in leading the charge on integrating respectful maternity care education into medical program curriculums led by the University of Zimbabwe College Health Sciences, Zimbabwe Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and through the Harare Health Department. Dr. Rawdon also led WRA Zimbabwe in addressing high maternal mortality rates in KweKwe district by engaging thousands of women on self-care through effective birth preparedness and informing them on their rights to receive quality, respectful care. The program was lauded among Kwe Kwe’s community and leadership, citing “WRA Zimbabwe is synonymous with good news in Kwe Kwe.” Dr. Rawdon’s commitment to WRA’s mission, vision, and values, ability to build strong partnerships, perseverance to manage complex and difficult circumstances, and passion for women and girls’ health has made her an integral leader within the WRA Global Alliance.

We wish Dr. Rawdon all the best as she takes on new adventures and want her to know that WRA Zimbabwe’s legacy will continue to be synonymous with good news in Zimbabwe and across WRA’s Global Alliance.

While we say our farewells to Dr. Rawdon as National Coordinator of WRA Zimbabwe, please join us in welcoming Geraldine Nyaku to the role. An ardent women’s rights advocate who has worked in civil society for over six years, Geraldine brings extensive experience in advocacy for children and women’s rights, gender-based violence, and national legislation to the Alliance. She holds a BA Law degree from the University of Johannesburg and professional trainings on advanced human rights from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; comprehensive sexuality education from ActionAid Zimbabwe; and is an alumna from the Young African Leaders Initiative from USAID and the University of South Africa. She has worked with diverse communities at grassroots level and with different government structures from local authorities to ministries and policy makers to advocate for the rights of women and children. She believes that White Ribbon Alliance is a great platform for advancing women and newborn’s rights and to contribute towards social change and community development. She hopes to bring her multifaceted leadership style and innovative solutions to improve and promote maternal and newborn health and rights both in the national and global alliance, and is eager to build on WRA Zimbabwe’s work pushing for a Zimbabwe where all women and girls realize their right to quality health and well-being.