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Thobekile Matimbe is a Community Manager at Paradigm Initiative and a human rights lawyer with over 10 years legal and civic engagement experience. She is passionate about serving underserved communities promoting human rights and advancing digital inclusion for all. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and 2018 Regional Advisory Board Secretary for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Thobekile has advocacy expertise at national, regional and international level and holds Civic Leadership certification from Indiana University. She is a Youth Essential Skills Trainer for IREX where she has voluntarily trained young people with communication skills to empower them to access job opportunities. Thobekile also participates in other voluntary work within communities when she gets the opportunity to advance human rights and to empower young people with leadership skills. She serves as the Board Chairperson for Emthonjeni Women’s Forum in Zimbabwe where she contributes to fostering a gender-based violence free society by advocating for women’s rights.

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