Tinatswe Mhaka (BA) (LLB) is a published author, lawyer, feminist digital storyteller, and activist from Harare, Zimbabwe. Tinatswe is the founder of Feminist Voices Zimbabwe, an organization strengthening gender advocacy and access to justice through documentation and dissemination of information. Tinatswe is passionate about digital media and the mainstreaming of injustices prevalent against women in the global south. Over the last 15 months, Tinatswe has worked at Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association conducting legal aid, research, lobbying, and advocacy, specifically involving women in low-income regions. She is a freelance journalist with Open Parly ZW and has publications on multiple platforms including African Feminism, Zim Juris, Sistah Sistah, and Vutha Magazine. She has previously been a writing resident in the Digital Spaces Storytelling Lab and has carried out writing consultancies for Youth Empowerment Transformation Fund and Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development. Tinatswe is also an author of feminist literature. She has three short stories in Turquoise Heart, a short story anthology about Zimbabwean women, published by Carnelian Heart Publishing in the United Kingdom. Her debut novel The Men I Have Hated is set to be available in February of 2021.
Host Organization: Leonardo
Role at Host Organization: At Leonardo, Tinatswe will serve as the Editorial Fellow: supporting the Editorial Director in development of the organization’s scholarly peer-reviewed publications, including their flagship Leonardo journal and experimental multimedia publications.