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/Prof Efiritha Chauraya
Prof Efiritha Chauraya

Position: Executive Director

Department: Gender Institute
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  • PhD- University of South Africa (2012), Thesis title: ‘The Implementation of Gender Policy Programmes in Student Admissions in Zimbabwe State Universities.’
  • Master’s in Education- University of Zimbabwe (2000), Curriculum and Arts
  • Bachelor of Education- University of Zimbabwe (1995), Curriculum and Arts
  • Certificate in Education (Sec) – University of Zimbabwe (1986), Mathematics


Knowledgeable researcher, lecturer, and administrator with a strong background and well-regarded in gender studies and curriculum issues. I am proficient in analyzing, understanding, and investigating social phenomena.


Mentoring, Analytical thinking, Networking, Training, Coordinating, Multi-tasking, Collaborating and Leadership.

Research Interests:

  • Gender Issues in society
  • Gender issues in the curriculum
  • Curriculum Development issues
  • Gender and Political instability


  1. Chauraya,, E. (2006)  ‘An Assessment of the Efficacy of the Tripartite Student Teacher Mentoring Scheme in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province,’  Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ZJER). Vol 19, N0. 3: 398-408
  2. Chauraya, E. (2010)  ‘Management of Household Budgets and Gender Violence Among Heterosexual Dual Worker Marriages in Masvingo and Gweru Urban, Zimbabwe’, Zimbabwe Social Science Review, Vol 1, No, 1: 27-41
  3. Chauraya, E, (2010) ‘The Zimbabwe Domestic Violence Act (Chapter 5:16): An Elusive Agenda, Zimbabwe Social Science Review, Vol 1,No.2: 69-87.
  4. Chauraya, E, (2010),’Culture, Gender and Patriarchy: The Tripartite Alliance of Power and Its Impact on the legal Provision of Black Women in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Political Science Review, Vol 1,No.2:  65-80.
  5. Chauraya, E. (2011) ‘An Investigation into the Extent of Gender Responsiveness of the Student Accommodation Environment and Policy at Midlands State University, Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ZJER, Vol 23, No.2: 131-145.
  6. Chauraya,E., Matope, N., & Maruzani, N. (2012) Voices of Conflict: Students’ & Lecturers’ Perceptions of the Utility of the Bridging Program at University, US-China Education Review: Vol 2, No 4: 452-461.
  7. Maruzani, N., Matope,N., & Chauraya, E. (2012),’ Gender Equality from a Gender Budgeting Perspective’, International Journal of Asia Social Sciences, Vol 2, Issue 9: 1627-1640.
  8. Chauraya, E. (2012) ‘The African View on  Gender and its Impact on Implemented Gender Policies and Programs in Africa’, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, Vol 13, No, 3:p 252-261
  9. Chauraya, E (2012) Images of Zimbabwe Women in the Millennium? A literary analysis of Commuter Omnibus Posters, Nawa Journal of Language and communication (NAWA) Volume 6, Number 2, Dec 2012. p 130-142
  10. Chauraya, E.  2013. Gender mainstreaming in Zimbabwe State Universities: Turning Dreams into Reality, Unisa Latin American Report, Vol 29, Number 1, 2013. p39-50
  11. Maphosa, C,;Zikhali,J,; Chauraya, E and D. Madzanire, 2013. Students’ Perceptions of the Utility of Pedagogical Approaches Used by Lecturers in Selected Faculties at a Zimbabwean University, Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 36, Number 2, 2013, p113-122
  12. Matope, N,; Maruzani, N,; Chauraya, E, and Bondai, B. 2013, Lobola and gender based violence: Perceptions of married adults in Gweru urban, Zimbabwe, Journal of Education Research and Behavioural Sciences, Viol 2, Number 11, November 2013.p 192-200.
  13. Efiritha Chauraya & Manyike Vivian Tintswalo. 2014. Gender Mainstreaming in Student Admissions in Zimbabwe State Universities: The Gap between Implementation and Ideal Practice. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences (MCSER), Vol 5 No. 8, pp 406-414.
  14. Chauraya Efiritha, Madzanire Daniel, Maphosa Cosmas & Zikhali Joyce. 2014. How do lecturers teach? Students’ Assessment of Lecturers’ Attributes in a Selected University in Zimbabwe. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 5 No. 7 pp 307-316
  15. Madzanire Daniel, Maphosa Cosmas, Zikhali Joyce & Chauraya Efiritha 2014. Interrogating Students’ Engagement in Academic Work in a Selected University in Zimbabwe. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 5. No. 16 pp 247-255
  16. Matope , N; Maruzani N & Chauraya, E.  2014. Gender dynamics in the performance of Grade 7 certificate of Primary Education Examinations in Gweru Urban District, Zimbabwe. Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol 3 (4) pp 168-172.  
  17. Chauraya E. (2013) ‘Gender Discrimination in Transnational Academic Mobility of Lecturers’ The Dyke, Volume 7(3) pp 85-101. 
  18. Chauraya, E (2013). Appraising Gender Equity – Rethinking the African Landscape of Provebia, Journal of African Indigenous Languages and Literature, Volume 1. No. 1 pp 82-95.
  19. Chauraya, Efiritha (2013) Early Childhood Development Literature: Symbolic Representation and Gender Significance, African Journal of Children’s Literature, Vol. 1 No 2, 2013, pp 19-31
  20. Chauraya, Efiritha (2014) Access or inclusion? Conceptualisation and operationalisation of gender equality in Zimbabwe state universities, Perspectives in Education, 32 (4), pp5-20
  21. Zikhali, Joyce, Chauraya Efiritha, Madzanire Daniel and Maphosa Cosmas, (2015) An Exploration of Factors Affecting Students’ Studies in one Selected University in Zimbabwe, International Journal of Education Science, 9 (2) pp 243-254.
  22. Chauraya, Efiritha (2013) Theorizing Gender in Film:The case of Mwanasikana, Revisualising Africa: Journal of African Cinema, Vol 1, No 2, 2013 
  23. Chauraya, Efiritha (2014) Perceptions about women academic leaders: a reflection of power in higher education, Madirativhange: African Journal of Language and Literature, vol 1, no. 1, 2014
  24. Efiritha Chauraya & Annah Moyo (2019) Undergraduate Student Research Experiences: A Call for ICT- Aided Supervision, International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science, Vol III, Issue V, pp 2454 – 6186.
  25. Dzingirai Clemence & Efiritha Chauraya (2021) Knowledge and Perceptions of Accelerated Advancement among female teachers in Chivi District of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe: A stumbling block to gender equality. Journal of Social Inclusion and Educational Advancement, 3 (6),
  26. Chauraya Efiritha (2022) Interface between Gender and the Covid-19 induced work-from-home Policy: Evidence from a Zimbabwe University.  International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies, Vol 4, No.4,328-338.
  27. Muchabaiwa, Wonder & Chauraya Efiritha (2022) The gender blindness of education 5.0 framework: An obstruction to promotion opportunities for female academics in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Management in Education, 08920206221126640
  28. Clemence Dzingirai & Efiritha Chauraya, (2022) Gendered constructions of school headship: The case of Chivi district in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe. The Dyke, 16(1), 1-18.
  29. Chauraya, Efiritha (2022). Fulfilling Obligations: A gender transformative framework for enhanced prevention of gender-based violence at a university in Zimbabwe. The Dyke, 16(2) Issue 4.
  30. Chauraya Efiritha (2023) Gender Politics and Zimbabwe Universities: Facets, Contexts and Consequences. Journal of International Women’s Studies. Vol 25, Issue 1, article 10. Available at 25/issue1/10
  31. Efiritha Chauraya & Wonder Muchabaiwa. (2023). Consulting Teaching and Learning at a Zimbabwe University During Covid-19: Roadmap to Recovery and Beyond. Journal of Research Innovation and Implications in Education, 7(1), 74-85
Research Based Books:
  • Chauraya, E. (2012), Utility of the Tripartite Student Teacher Mentoring Scheme in Zimbabwe: Hopes, Gaps and Challenges Expressed. Lambert Academic Publishing:
    ISBN -978-3-659-29185-9. (128 pages). 5 chapters
  • Chauraya E. (2015), Gender in Higher Education, published by Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Tolerance. ISBN -978-0-7974-611 9-2. 6 chapters. (Book currently in print.

Chapters in a Book:

    • ‘Breaking Boundaries’ in Brookes-Morris, S. (ed) Tales of Womanhood Volume 1, (2018) ISBN 13:9781717332905 ; 10:1717332900
    • How Civil Conflict and Gender Based –Violence affect women’s education in Africa in Izarali, M; Masakure, O & Shizha, E (eds) Security, Education and Development in Contemporary Africa, (2017), Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


    • ‘Understanding Gender’ (Chapter 1) in Introduction to Gender Studies: A Student Guide (2011). Booklove Publishers: Gweru,ISBN-978-0-7974-4753-0


    • Redressing Gender Imbalances’ (Chapter 7) in Introduction to Gender Studies: A Student Guide (2011). Booklove Publishers: Gweru. ISBN-978-0-7974-4753-0


  •  Chauraya, E. (2007), ‘ZIVA KODZERO DZAKO: Mhosva Dzapabonde’, Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS): Cape Town.
    ISBN- 978-1-919932-71-2



  1. January 2002, August 2002, October 2003, April 2004, October 2004 and December 2004. In my capacity as Dean of students of students at Bondolfi teachers’ college, I attended various workshops on issues of gender.
  2. 26/09/2005– I participated in the crafting of the final draft of the Gender Training Manual in Education at the New Ambassador Hotel, Harare. I had been a member of the steering committee from Ministry of Education from the very start.
  3. 9th December 2005 –I attended a gender sensitization workshop at Fairmile Motel, Gweru. Here I presented a paper on Gender Based Violence and the Zimbabwean law.

      4.  20-24 February 2006 –I attended a capacity building workshop organized by the Women’s Institute. I was just a participant.

  1. 15 th July 2006– I presented a paper on Gender and the Classroom to the Catholic teaching nuns at Drifotein Mission, Midlands Province. The workshop was organized by the Roman Catholic Church-Gweru Diocese.
  2. 1st & 2nd August 2006-Attended a Research workshop on Research and Publication skills. The workshop was organized by the Faculty of Education, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.
  3. 27 to 30 th 2006-I attended a workshop organized by Musasa Project at the Riverside lodge Masvingo on Gender Based Violence-Training of trainers Workshop.
  4. 14 th December 2006-Co assisted Mawere with Matsa in a gender sensitization presentation on Gender Responsiveness at the Zimbabwe Military Academy, Gweru, Zimbabwe.
  5. 1st December 2007-attended a workshop organized by the Women’s Coalition Group at the Fairmile Motel Gweru on 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
  6. March 2008-My prepared paper was accepted ahead of all the papers prepared for the Organization called Tonga Online on Gender issues in ICT Education.

11.16 May 2008-Presented a paper on International Conventions and Declarations and the Zimbabwe Domestic Gender Laws at the Village Lodge, Gweru- a workshop organized by SHAPE ZIMBABWE.

  1. March 31st 2010 – Co-assisted in arranging and carrying out of a workshop on research in my capacity as deputy chairperson of the Faculty of Education research committee constituted in January 2010.
  2. 6th April 2010 – Attended a Faculty of Education workshop on ‘Standardization of Research Supervision and Marking’ at the Midlands State University.
  3. 6th April 2010 – Presented a paper on ‘Literature Review’ at the standardization workshop on research supervision and marking in the faculty of education at the Midlands State University.
  4. 9th April 2010– Attended a workshop on ‘Better Schools Better Teaching- Learning’ organized for the Catholic Heads and their Priests in Charge at Regina Mundi Secondary School in Gweru, Zimbabwe.
  5. 9th April 2010- Presented a paper on Gender and the School to Catholic Heads and their priests in charge at Regina Mundi Secondary School in Gweru, Zimbabwe.
  6. 20th May 2010 –Attended a mini workshop on how to conduct a viva for the Bachelor of Education research students who had submitted their final research projects.

18.8th April 2011– Attended a workshop on ‘Writing a Research Proposal’ in the Upper Boardroom- Midlands State University.

19.15th June 2011-Attended a workshop by the University Research Board on ‘Research Grant Application’ in the MSU Great Hall.

  1. 4th April 2012– Attended a workshop on ‘Standardizing Supervision and Marking of Student Research Projects in SEMINAR ROOM 3. At this workshop I presented a paper on ‘Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations in Research’)
  2. 25th October 2012-Attended a workshop on ‘Supervision of Students’ Research Projects’ in the University Committee Room (MSU).
  3. 26th -28th September 2012. Attended a Conference by African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) at the University of Pretoria, S.A. At this conference I presented a paper entitled ‘Gender Discrimination in Transnational Academic Mobility of Lecturers’ I was funded by the MSU Research Board.
  4. 4th October 2012- Attended a Conference by the Southern African Society for Education (SASE) at the Great Zimbabwe Hotel, Zimbabwe. At this Conference I presented a paper entitled’ Access or Inclusion? Conceptualization and Operationalisation of gender Equality in Zimbabwe State Universities.’ I was funded by the MSU Research Board.
  5. 1 – 7th July 2013– Participated in a writers’ workshop, as part of the AD HOC technical committee drafting the SADC Gender Module at Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa. Workshop was organized and funded by SADC Secretariat.

25 Attended a workshop on ‘Gender Equality Indicators for Sustainable Development, Balalaika hotel, Johannesburg

  1. 26. 24 February – 7 March 2014-Trained as a Masters and PhD supervisor in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA).
  2. 8-9 August 2014- Attended a workshop on ‘Women and the Environment: Threats and Opportunities’ at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa.

28.9-10  October 2014-Attended a workshop on ‘Conversations beyond the glass ceiling’ arranged by FLAME at Tshulu Tsha Nabe Lodge, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

29.May 23-25 2018. Attended a workshop on ‘Advancement Workshop: Africa HEI’s in an age of disconity”

4-5 July 2018. Presented a paper entitled: Quality and Qualification Frameworks at an international conference 30.organized by the Gaborone College of Law and Professional Studies, Gaborone.

  1. 22-23 August 2019 -. Attended a mini-conference on ‘Leadership Retreat for Woman’ at Michaelangelo Hotel, Sandton, South Africa
  2. Co- presented a paper at the RAGA 2021 Conference -International Conference Centre, Lead City, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Title of paper: Knowledge and perception of Accelerated Advancement among teachers in Chivi District, Masvingo Province: A stumbling Block to gender equality.
  3. 6 October 2022. Presented a paper titled ‘Fulfilling obligations: A gender transformative framework for enhanced prevention of gender-based violence at a university in Zimbabwe’ at a conference on ‘Combating GBV in Tertiary Institutions of Zimbabwe- Tackling the Root Causes through Policy Advocacy and Strategic Approaches’ held at Midlands State university (MSU), Zimbabwe, hosted by the MSU Gender Institute on 5 & 6 October 2022.
  4. 8 March 2023. Webnar on ‘ Social Justice and Gender in Universities’ Hosted by Training Center Communication (TCC)- AFRICA & UNESCO

34. 15 March 2023 – Attended a Training workshop on ‘Sextual Exploitation and Abuse’ awareness by UNICEF at Midland State University


PhD External Examination of thesis

I am an external examiner for DPhil students for the University of South Africa, University of Fort Hare, Great Zimbabwe University and Nelson Mandela University.

PhD Research Supervision

I am a supervisor of the following PhD candidate:

Name of student Topic Institution
. 1. Clemence Dzingirai


Female Marginality in School Leadership Chivi District Zimbabwe Midlands State University (has given intention to submit).


Previous Responsibilities

  • Dean of the Faculty of Education from January 2017 to 7 April 2023
  • Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education from December 2016 to March 2017
  • Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education from July 2012 to December 2016
  • Chaired the University Assets Disposal Committee, the University Farms and Pricing Committee and the University Infrastructure and Facilities Maintenance Committee January 2017 to 7April 2023
  • Chair the Donation and Awards Committee. This is a subcommittee of the University Committee on Academic Ceremonies
  • Senate Representative in the University Budget Committee

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