Yaliwe Clarke is a Lecturer in the Gender Studies Section in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics (Faculty of Humanities). She is also a Researcher in the African Gender Institute.
Prior to joining the AGI, she interacted with African women's rights activists and peace-builders/conflict resolution practitioners and gained extensive continental training experience in gender and peace-building. As a part-time lecturer at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation Peace Centre in Kitwe, Zambia, Yaliwe developed a gender and conflict module that formed part of a diploma and certificate course on peace-building.
As Senior Project Officer at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, she co-authored a Peace-building Training Manual for African Women in Decision-Making and conducted various training workshops for women in civil society and government in West, East and Southern Africa. Over the last nine years, she has worked with a range of civil society organisations in Southern Africa, notably: Zambia Civic Education Association (as Project Coordinator); Zambia Association for Research and Development (as ordinary member and Chairperson); the Southern African Conflict Prevention Network (as Network Coordinator); Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation; and the Centre for Conflict.
Yaliwe's research interests are on feminist perspectives on notions of peace, conflict and security in African contexts. Under the guidance of Assoc. Prof. Jane Bennett, she managed a research project titled ‘Women Activists Confronting Militarism and Conflict in Eastern and Southern Africa.’ The project aimed to develop new analytic voices around the meaning of "gendered security” for women in diverse settings (slums, refugee settlements, migrant routes, conflict zones, and peacekeeping initiatives). The project did this by a sustained engagement with women’s rights activists voices and writing.