Jennifer has a degree and diplomas in teaching and librarianship but has learned most of her skills while working and in her activism. She has been involved in gender and information work since 1992 and in applying information and communication technologies (ICTs) for women’s empowerment and gender justice since 1995. She worked at the University of Cape Town in the Social Justice Resource Project setting up an alternative resource centre and then moved to the African Gender Institute to lead the communications and networking programme. While at the African Gender Institute she organised the first pan-African consultative workshop to link up librarians in Africa using email in order to share indigenous knowledge. She now works for the APC Women’s Rights Programme and coordinates capacity building for APC. She is a trainer and facilitator and has managed many projects, including GenARDIS – Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society. Jennifer was involved in the formation of Women’sNet, an APC member organisation in South Africa, and was on the board until end 2016. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. She surfs, hikes, creates ceramics and is (proud) godmother to six godchildren.
Purpose of position
Provide leadership, strategic direction and to coordinate APC WRP's capacity building strategy and related activities to contribute towards APC's strategic priorities, including planning, impact assessment, network building and resource mobilisation.