10 Leaders Who Redefine Leadership
Mbizo Chirasha | Zimbabwe
Leading as an Ally
“Being a leader is first to carry others’ burdens, to do the best in sharing your skills, your passions, your creativity, and your world view–while balancing opportunities and space for both genders.”
Watching his mother toiling in the fields and selling tomatoes for his school fees made an impression on Mbizo Chirasha as a young boy. Mbizo grew up in a family of poor peasant farmers in what he describes in his World Pulse journal as a dust-laden, drought-prone region of Zimbabwe. When his father died, 13-year-old Mbizo and his now female-headed family were chased away from their land. At that young age, he understood that their unjust dispossession was a direct result of discrimination against his mother due to her gender. Despite incredible hardship, Mbizo’s mother worked hard to support the family. Today she is Mbizo’s hero and his inspiration.
Mbizo applies the perseverance he learned from his mother to advocate on behalf of girls’ rights in Zimbabwe. He is an internationally acclaimed performance poet, writer, and a devoted advocate for the girl child. “If women are empowered and motivated they change the face of the world,” says Mbizo. He is the founder of multiple grassroots educational projects, including Girl Child Creativity Project, which empowers girls through their exploration of the creative arts. He seeks continued networking and skill-sharing with World Pulse community members.
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