Dr Ellen Sithole a Commissioner and Deputy Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has a Doctorate in Law, a Master of Laws (LLM) and two Bachelor degrees (BL and LLB) in law from the Universities of Toronto, York (Canada) and Zimbabwe respectively. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Procedural Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zimbabwe (on leave until 30 April 2020) and a former Deputy Dean.
Commissioner Sithole is a firm believer in the value and inherent dignity of every human being. This belief is inspired by her strong Christian faith. As a result, she is very passionate about human rights, particularly the rights of women and of the poor and vulnerable. As a lawyer, she has received formal training in human rights law.
Commissioner Sithole has researched and published on women and access to justice in Zimbabwe and on other issues relating to women, gender and human rights. She has worked with a number of organisations which seek to promote women’s human rights and those of other vulnerable groups such as Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust (WLSA), Women’s Action Group (WAG), Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA).