Claire Mathonsi – Vice Chairperson

Claire Mathonsi has extensive experience in women’s rights and gender equality in a global context with direct experience across Asia, Anglophone and Francophone Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe and Latin America & the Caribbean. She has comprehensive insight and practical exposure from 17 years’ experience in development, feminist transformation and integration for development, programme delivery, influencing and advocacy, (global, regional and sub regional), and feminist and women’s rights architecture driving transformation with communities in the development and private sectors.

Claire is currently the Deputy Executive Director at the Advocacy Accelerator, Claire focuses on strengthening advocacy capacity and sector growth to drive local agendas and ensure durable and sustainable change in Africa. She is responsible for programming with a specific focus on the feminist practice and advocacy in development. In her role as the Global Technical Advisor: Gender & Gender Based Violence Advisor at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Claire worked extensively on transforming the HIV response (and intersecting issues) from a gender perspective and drove the Alliance Gender Strategy and the design and implementation of the Alliance Gender Accreditation Standards for all areas of the international development organisation. In her role at the Alliance she was the co-Chair of the United Kingdom DFID PPA Learning Group on Gender.

She has worked in the SRHR, health, HIV, governance, economic transformation and trade and all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and its linkages to key issues related to gender equality. Claire was a founding member of the African Women’s Rights Collective (AWRC) which exists to ensure the inclusion of African Women’s voices in global and sub regional policy processes (Commission on the Status of Women, African Union, ECOWAS, ECA, SADC) not as recipients of development aid but as drivers of home grown solutions and community led transformation and to ensure the effective involvement, amplification and recognition of African Women voices in policy making and advocacy.

As a former Executive Director of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa and the Deputy Director of the Western Cape Network on Violence Against Women she has expertise across intersecting issues of gender based violence and economic transformation and trade. She has served as a Steering Committee Member for Women4GlobalFund is currently the Chairperson of Access Chapter 2, an organisation in South Africa focused on Women’s and LGBTI rights from a policy, advocacy and campaigning perspective and the Vice Chairperson of Akina Mama wa Afrika. Her passion involves the sustainable funding of improving the quality and status of life of women and girls in all their diversity using domestic sources and bringing a feminist development lens to the economic sector that does not make links to gender equality. She lists one of her achievements as being the guest editor for the Agenda Feminist Journal with Vicci Tallis on’ Shifting discourses – from gender to feminisms: Can global instruments impact on the lives of African women?, 2018’.

She represents Southern Africa.