Mrs Sheila Hielary Matindike is a Commissioner at the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC). She chairs the Thematic Working Group on Special Interest Groups (youth, elderly and persons living with disabilities).
Commissioner Matindike was born and raised in Zvishavane but hails from Filabusi, in the Gwatemba Purchase Area Farms. She comes from a family of five children and is the second born. She is a widow who has two adult daughters and two granddaughters.
Commissioner Matindike was educated at various schools in Filabusi, Zvishavane, Gwanda and Loreto (near Kwekwe). For tertiary education, she attended Bondolfi Teachers’ Training College, the School of Social Work and the University of Zimbabwe where she graduated as a Teacher, a Social Worker and a Sociologist respectively.
Commissioner Matindike holds several work related certificates that comprise of Leadership, Peace-building, Mediation and Conflict Management, Trauma and HIV and AIDS Counselling. She is trained in strategic planning and in implementing the internationally-adopted World YWCA Standards of Good Management. She is an accomplished author of Ndebele text books, Ilifa Lesizwe and co-adapted an English textbook, Structures and Skills in English.
Commissioner Matindike has practiced as a teacher at both primary and secondary level. She has worked as a Probation Officer as well as a Refugee Officer within the Department of Social Welfare. She has presented papers at the World YWCA organized Council and International Women’s Summit as well as at the side events during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women(UNCSW54)and at the review of the implementation of UN Resolution 1325(2011).She has attended the side events of the African Union Commission under the banner Gender is my Agenda Campaign(GIMAC) and the maiden opening of the African Union Summit Session by the first female chairperson, Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma, as a mentor of young women.
Commissioner Matindike has vast experience, spanning over twenty years, working with communities through the YWCA where she was the National General Secretary of the World Affiliated Organization that is in over 120 countries with 25 million women and girls. Her work focused on women’s rights issues including women’s participation in national and international processes, capacity-building through leadership training, skills development, reproductive health rights, HIV and AIDS, management of project centres, conference facilities and women’s hostels. Commissioner Matindike is widely travelled both nationally and internationally, monitoring the uptake of programmes designed for women and communities they live in as well as advocate for women’s rights at international platforms. In addition, Commissioner Matindike has mentored a number of young women through local and international internships, a number of whom have taken international jobs.
Commissioner Matindike has held various board positions at both national and international level, comprising the National Association of Non-governmental Organizations (NANGO), Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), Christian Care, Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum (ECLF), and internationally, the World YWCA. She has also served on the planning committee of a Catholic related sub-regional organization of ten countries, called IMBISA (Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops in Southern Africa).Through these positions Commissioner Matindike acquired a fair understanding of national processes and common issues within the African continent as well as the link between global and local issues.