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Nehanda Centre For Gender And Cultural Studies

Director’s Welcome Note

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Director: Dr E.F. Zvobgo

Welcome to the Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies at Great Zimbabwe University. The Centre was established in January 2015 under the Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences.  As a proponent for gender justice, the Centre strives to be a global centre of excellence in Gender and Cultural Studies. The Centre is anchored on the core values of Ubuntu/Hunhu (which means upholding human dignity), inclusiveness, innovation and creativity. This is in line with the University niche of restoration and preservation of culture. The Centre endeavours to transform unequal gender relations that are prevalent in society today. Both males and females are empowered with knowledge and skills they utilize in social transformation. The Nehanda Centre puts emphasis on five key pillars which are; Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies; Research and Policy Advocacy; Training and Community Engagement; Knowledge Management; and Business Development.

Currently, the Centre offers BSc Honours degree in Gender and Social Anthropology; MSc degree in Gender and Policy Studies; PhD in Gender and Policy Studies. The Centre also offers short courses in Project Planning and Management; Monitoring and Evaluation. The Centre boasts of collaborative partnerships with other institutions concerned with fighting gender inequalities which include: Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development; Primson Management Services which specialises in gender programming; UN Women, UNDP, Musasa Project, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association and like- minded Universities locally and internationally. On the International arena the Centre works collaboratively with the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa; The School for Women and Gender Studies- Makerere University, Uganda and Centre for Gender Studies- Jawaharlal Nehru University , India. The Centre is also a proud member of Gender Network for Universities in Africa (GENUA) which is a platform for interrogating gender issues in the African Context.

The Centre also boasts of organising successful Public Lectures by prominent scholars to raise awareness on gender and culture issues in Africa and the world over. The Centre also holds International conferences so as to contribute to the existing body of knowledge on Gender and cultural studies. I welcome you to this global Centre of Excellence.


Transformed, empowered and gender just societies enjoying the benefits of development.


The Nehanda Centre For Gender And Cultural Studies is a global standard of excellence in women, gender and cultural studies, promoting gender justice through Ubuntu/Unhu, inclusiveness, innovation and creativity.

Core Values

Team work



Gender justice




Centre Staff

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Dr. E. Zvobgo


DPhil (Gender Studies) [UCT, 2023], MA (Gender Studies) [Makerere University, 2014], Med. (Educ. Foundations) [UZ, 2003], Med (Educ. Administration) [UZ, 1996], Bed (Pry) [UZ, 1994], Cert. (Educ) [Morgan ZINTEC, 1987]

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Research interests

Gender, Governance and Politics, Women and leadership, Gender Mainstreaming Gender Based Violence, Gender, Law and Women’s Rights, Afro centricity/Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Feminist theories/Perspectives


SECRETARY – Mrs. R. Ngirazi

BSc Hons. (Dvt Studies) [ZOU, 2015],

Exec. Dip. (Bus. Leadership) [Gweru Polytechnic, 2007],

ND (Secretarial Studies) [Gweru Polytechnic,1995]

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Title Names Area of specialization All Qualifications E-Mail address Mobile/Business Telephone numbers
Mr Munatsi Shoko


Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Sexual and Gender Based Violence



PhD Candidate – Population Studies (UKZN)

Master of Science Population Studies (UKZN), BA History and Development Studies (MSU)



+263-77 266 6938
Dr Cowen Dziva

Gender, Law and Human Rights Gender and Disability

Gender and Development

Democracy and Development



PhD Development Studies (UNISA 2018);

MA Development Studies (MSU 2012) BA Hons History and Development Studies (MSU) 2010). +263-714704367
Mr Nigel Mxolisi Landa

Gender and Migration, Femininities, De-Colonial Feminism, Intersectional Feminism, Sexuality,

Epistemological Issues in Gender, Women Empowerment.

PhD Candidate (UJ-SA) ; MSc (Socio. & Social Anthro) [UZ, 2013] BSc Hons. (Socio.) [UZ, 2015] +263-77 452 1294




 Undergraduate Programme

Bachelor of Science Gender and Social Anthropology


Postgraduate Programmes

   Duration  Entry requirements
Master of Science (Msc) Degree in Gender and Policy Studies One and half (1½) years full-time Normal Entry
For normal entry, a candidate must have a relevant Bachelor of Science Degree or its equivalent with an upper second class or better.Special EntryA candidate who does not meet normal entry requirements may, subject to the approval of the senate, be admitted into the programme on special grounds.



Bachelor of Science Gender and Social Anthropology
Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Gender and Policy Studies


These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the Faculty Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Programmes and General Regulations for Postgraduate Degree which have precedence over Departmental Regulations.

General Description of the Programme

This dynamic programme emphasizes the interdisciplinary basis of women and gender studies in relation to policy issues, its community linkage and its grounding in the feminist theory and methodology.  The programme will expose students to a rigorous exploration of cross cutting issues relating to gender and policy issues such as feminist perspectives, gender in relation to policy, war peace, literature and culture.  It also interrogates gender in the following fields, research, social change, religion, human rights, social justice, migration, environment, family and care giving.


The Master of Science Degree in Gender and Policy Studies builds on the Bachelor of Science Degree taken at undergraduate level as well as other traditional disciplines such as Sociology, Social Anthropology Social Ecology and Rural Development, which have a stake in Gender and Policy issues. The rational is to give the programme an interdisciplinary flavor, which is also in tandem with the labour market trends. The programme creates an opportunity for students to respond and suggest strategies for a variety of issues emanating from societal gendered relations as they impact on policy development.

 The programme aims at:-

•    Interrogating the gender imbalances which have exacerbated underdevelopment.

•    Assessing the epistemology and gender research methodologies as critical issues arising from Third World Feminist Thought.

•    Mainstreaming gender, cultural ideas and practices in policy formulation.

•    Equipping practitioners with the capacity to come up with poverty alleviation oriented strategies and interventions.

    Career Prospects

This is an advanced degree programme in Gender, Policy and Culture therefore, graduates will bring valuable theoretical and practical experience in Public Administration, Advocacy, Public Policy in areas such as Education, Health, Law, Religion and other related areas. The programme shall specifically focus on professionals and para-professionals engaged in a variety of the aforementioned specializations with bias on gender, culture and policy issues.  For candidates who wish to do PhD programmes, the Masters programme will give them the basis for research in Gender and Women’s issues as well as Culture and Heritage.


 Midlands State University – Department of Development Studies
Lupane University- Department of Development Studies
Women University – Department of Gender and Development Studies
University of Zimbabwe – Department of Sociology and CASS

Entry Requirements

 To qualify for admission into the Master of Science Degree in Gender and Policy Studies, a candidate must normally have satisfied the minimum entry requirements to degree studies for this University as prescribed in the General Academic and Faculty Regulations:

Normal Entry
For normal entry, a candidate must have a relevant Bachelor of Science Degree or its equivalent with an upper second class or better.

Special Entry

A candidate who does not meet normal entry requirements may, subject to the approval of the senate, be admitted into the programme on special grounds.
Structure of the Degree Programme

 •    The programme shall be one and half (1½) years full-time.

•    The programme shall be offered in accordance with Faculty regulations

•    The programme shall consist of a minimum of ten (10) modules and a dissertation equivalent to two modules.

•    Students shall be required to take five (5) modules in semester I, five (5) modules in semester II and two (2) modules in the  final semester.

Part I Semester I
Core Modules

Code               Module Description
MGPS 501        Epistemological Issues in Gender
MGPS 502        Qualitative Research Methods and Statistics
MGPS 503        Gender and Environmental Policy
MGPS 504        Sexuality, Culture and Society

Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:

Code               Module Description

MGPS 505        Gender and Migration
MGPS 506        Gender, Politics and Governance
Part I Semester II

Core Modules

Code               Module Description  
MGPS 507        Gender and Community Development
MGPS 508        Gender Policy and Planning in Africa
MGPS 509        Gender and Development
MGPS 510        Gender and Conflict in Africa
Optional Modules

A student may choose any one (1) module from the following:

Code               Module Description
MGPS 511        Gender and Disaster Management
MGPS512        Power and Gender in Organisations

Part II Semester I
Core Modules

Code             Module Description      
MGPS 513        Dissertation


•    To be admitted into an examination, a candidate must have been registered for that module with the University and completed the modulework in accordance with the General Regulations.

•    Each module in the programme is assessed on the basis of a three (3) hour written examination and by module work undertaken during the period of study.

•    The weighting for the examination and modulework shall be 70% and 30% respectively.

•    A dissertation shall be submitted to the Department in accordance with the Faculty Regulations.

Determination of Results

 To successfully complete a programme, a candidate must pass all registered modules.

  • A candidate who fails a minimum of two (2) modules within a supplementable range in Part I may be allowed to sit for supplementary examinations.
  • A candidate who fails any module below a supplementable range shall be  required to repeat.
  • A module may be repeated when next on offer.
  • The results for each examination shall be published in accordance with the provisions of the General Academic Regulations.


Degree Classification

The final classification for the degree shall be calculated by averaging the three semester module marks.

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