Lawyer, Advocate, Lecturer, Political Leader
Fadzayi Mahere is a lawyer practicing as an advocate at the Harare Bar, having held roles in at commercial law firms, the International Criminal Court, and the United Nations.
Fadzayi has worked at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was awarded a Pegasus Fellowship from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London, which enabled her to work in various Chambers in London, including Essex Court Chambers and Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to her practice as an advocate, Fadzayi lectures in administrative law and property law at the University of Zimbabwe.
In addition to her professional commitments, Fadzayi was the spokesperson and a leading political activist in the #ThisFlag citizens’ movement between 2016 and 2017, where she led a political activism campaign against top government officials including the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.
Fadzayi is also an international speaker on African development and has spoken at the Harvard African Development Conference 2017 and the University of Cape Town Zimbabwe Society. She regularly gives talks at schools on the importance of civic engagement by young people and women’s rights.
She ran for the post of Member of Parliament for Mt Pleasant Constituency where she contested as an independent candidate in the 2018 election. Fadzayi has since joined Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, where she has been appointed the Shadow Secretary for Education, Sport and Culture.
She holds a master’s degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor of laws from the University of Zimbabwe. Fadzayi recently received the Hubert H. Humphrey Distinguished Leader Award and was invited by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to participate in the International Leaders Programme.