Coordinator – Gender Justice Programme of Oxfam in Tanzania
Ms. Yates is an American lawyer who has worked for nearly 20 years in Southern and East Africa on human rights and social justice issues such as land rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights. Currently Ms. Yates coordinates the Gender Justice Programme for Oxfam in Tanzania where she runs the ‘We Can’ campaign to end violence against women which links activists across more than 500 NGO and CBO alliances. Ms. Yates coordinates a broad-based alliance of NGOs and CBOs focusing on ensuring women’s participation in the constitutional review process, links local women’s movements to national and international campaigns, and works with regional and Pan African colleagues to advocate for domestication of the Maputo Protocol and other international conventions to promote women’s rights.
Prior to moving to Tanzania Ms Yates worked for 10 years in the land sector in South Africa where she was the Executive Director of Nkuzi Development Association, a South African land rights organization. Ms Yates also worked for the South African government’s Department of Land Affairs where she was a senior manager in the Land Tenure Programme. Ms. Yates has drafted land rights policy and legislation and appeared before various South African parliamentary committees. She has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union and served as an adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School in New York.