Letty Chiwara is the UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, Africa Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. In her 20-year career in development and with the United Nations, she has served in various capacities at country, regional and global levels.
Prior to her appointment to her current position; she was the then UNIFEM and now UN Women Chief of the Africa Division based in New York. She has also led Global Programmes spanning all regions of the world including in Asia and the Pacific Region, Latin America and the Caribbean and East and Central Europe, and covering many areas including agriculture, governance and political participation, peace and security, economic empowerment of women, ending violence against women, environment and climate change, housing and urban development, and financing for development. Previously Letty served in various capacities in Government including as Senior Town Planning Officer in the Ministry of Local Government Rural and Urban Development, in Zimbabwe, a country where she hails from.
A gender expert and women’s rights activist of regional and global acclaim, Letty’s many years of work with the United Nations has seen her partner with civil society and women’s organizations to lobby for and ensure that the voices and issues of women are included in several Inter- Governmental Negotiations including the UN General Assembly, the Africa Union Summits, Global Financing for Development Conferences, and Commission on the Status of Women and many more. Letty has authored several papers and publications including on “Gendered Implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness”; “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Towards the Eradication of Poverty in Africa”; “Best Practices in Financial Inclusion of Women in Nutrition, Climate Change, ICT and Women in Agribusiness”; “Inclusiveness for Sustainable Development: Women’s Participation in Peace and Security to Enhance Good Governance: A Pillar for Sustainable Development” and is currently co-authoring a Book on “Culture, Gender and African Women’s Leadership”.
Letty is a Board Member and Founder of several networks and organizations in Africa and Globally. She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Development Planning from the University of London. Letty is married with 2 children.