Mbalenhle Matandela

Deputy Director// leading the gender equality portfolio at Digital Frontiers

Mbalenhle Matandela is the Deputy Director, leading the gender equality portfolio at Digital Frontiers. Mbalenhle manages online gender capacity-building programmes on gender and organisational change and leadership for gender equality. Mbalenhle is an African feminist scholar and writer who is a graduate of the University of Oxford and the University of Cape Town. Mbalenhle Previously, Mbalenhle was the Lead Consultant on Gender Equality for the AU Research Working Group at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mbalenhle has also  partnered with the Heinrich Boll Foundation Nairobi and Africanfeminism.com as a Co- Editor of ‘Challenging Patriarchy: The Role of Patriarchy in the Roll-back of Democracy in the East and Horn of Africa.’ and Civil Rights Defender’s ‘Building Feminist Practice’ Pocketbook. Mbalenhle’s research interests include women in African liberation movements, Pan-Africanism, feminist education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and child and maternal health. These research interests have informed her teaching at the Gender Department at the University of Cape Town.