Lydia Zigomo Nyatsanza

Lydia is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer with over 15 years experience working on various aspects of human development and human rights at a national and international level covering the broad areas of women and children’s rights, constitutional reforms, health systems strengthening, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS in Africa and most recently access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education.

Lydia currently works as the head of East Africa region with WaterAid, an international development agency, focusing on provision of safe water and sanitation to the world’s poorest communities working with local partners including national and local governments. She is also the equity and inclusion champion within WaterAid globally.

Lydia has held various positions over the years including chair of the Zimbabwe Women’s Coalition, chair of the Zimbabwe Women’s Network in the United Kingdom, national director of the Zimbabwe Women’s Lawyers’ Association, board member of the Legal Resources Foundation in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, the Zimbabwe Institute and was a task force member of the National Constitutional Assembly.

Lydia has also been a core partner of the USAID Good Governance and Democracy Programme in Zimbabwe, an advisory group member of the UNDP’s Conflict Transformation Programme for Zimbabwe, and chair of the Non State Actors Forum and of the EU / Zimbabwe Decentralised Cooperation Programme.  

Lydia is an Eisenhower Fellow (USA) and a former participant of the British Council Leadership Programme in Zimbabwe and holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights and Civil Liberties from the University of Leicester and a bachelor of Honours Law Degree from the University of Zimbabwe.