Rufaro Kangai is Director of Programs for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Advocacy, Media, Technology & Crisis Response for the Global Fund for Women.
Rufaro works closely with grantee partners to assure they are engaged in aligned, high-impact movements to advance the rights of women and girls. By tapping the perspectives of country, regional and other experts she helps assure the Global Fund for Women targets its work to address the unique challenges of unfolding global crises.
Throughout her career, Rufaro has worked locally and globally to advance the sexual reproductive health and rights of women and girls. Her passion is rooted in her personal history, having lost of 22 female relatives, including her close aunt, to the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Before joining the Global Fund for Women, Rufaro worked as the RiseUp Program Manager at the Public Health Institute (PHI). In this role, she launched the Champions for Change (C4C) to build a movement of advocates in the sub-Sahara Africa region that benefitted more than 67 million girls and women. The program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation and Astra Zeneca and grantees are trained to advocate for better reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health outcomes.
Rufaro was the first Country Director for the Child Resource Institute, Zimbabwe (CRIZ), working at the front lines to supported 20,000 leaders and 150 grassroots organizations in evidence-based grant-making and advocacy. The Institute played a leadership role in Zimbabwe passing a new constitution that promotes the empowerment of girls and marginalized groups.
Rufaro earned a Bachelor’s in Media Communications from San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Leadership and Management from the University of Zimbabwe
She has been an invited speaker at conferences such as CSW 59 Beijing +20 (Commission on the Status of Women) New York, Women Deliver, Denmark and Nigeria Summit on RMNCAH ( Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health)