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Magdeline Madibela

Magdeline Madibela

United Nations
Gender and Disability Coordination Advisor
Category: Economic Empowerment

Magdeline Madibela, a Chevening Scholar, serves as the Gender and Disability Coordination Advisor in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) in Zimbabwe since 2020. Before that, she was the UN Women Country Coordinator in Botswana (2016-2019). She served as a Gender Advisor for USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub in 2015. Magdeline worked as Head of the Gender Unit for SADC Secretariat (2005-2014). She started her career with Government of Botswana and UNAIDS, respectively. Magdeline Madibela is a graduate from the University of Nottingham-UK with a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Administration, specialising on Gender Studies.

A Development Specialist with over 20 years of experience, Magdeline holds key expertise in gender equality, women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming, gender policy development and harmonization, and coordination. She has led and coordinated regional process notably the development of the SADC Gender Policy (2007),  and championing the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development (2008). She has also led the development of the SADC Framework for acceleration of Gender Parity(2008), the SADC Gender mainstreaming Toolkit, Gender Mainstreaming Framework of the  SADC Peace and Security Architecture among others. Over the years Magdeline has significantly contributed to the consolidation of the SADC gender agenda, working closely with Member States, Civil Society Organizations and the Private Sector.  Mag has worked to advance the 2030 Agenda, the 17 SDGs, CEDAW, BPFA, Maputo Protocol, SADC Gender Protocol and other international, continental, and regional gender equality instruments.

Magdeline is gender activist and a pioneer for gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.