Friday in Focus: Fadzai Madzingira
I am currently a Content Policy Associate for Facebook. The Content Policy team writes and interprets the policies governing what content people can share on Facebook. The team addresses many issues, ranging from freedom of expression, to hate speech, to counter-terrorism, the list is endless. Prior to this role I was a Public Policy Analyst for the Facebook Africa Policy team where my research focused on digital rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. This included engaging with digital rights activists across the region which was exciting and inspiring.
I am the Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholar for 2014 and studied both the Bachelor of Civil Laws (with a focus on equality law) and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Being part of the Oxford Human Rights Hub while I was at Oxford started with a series of on some concerning labour law judgments in Zimbabwe which I wrote about on the blog. My postgraduate studies, especially doing Comparative Equality Law, deepened my passion and expertise in and for anti-discrimination and human rights law which has been integral to my work at Facebook. It has been such a pleasure to watch the OXHRH grow into a diverse and global community.
Previously, I worked as a candidate attorney in Johannesburg focusing on labour law and constitutional administrative law matters at Cheadle, Thompson and Haysom Inc. Before this, I tutored legal skills and constitutional administrative law to law students at the University of Pretoria. I also worked as a research assistant for the then UN Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary, Professor Christof Heyns, focusing on the right to assembly, violence against demonstrators and deaths that occur during political protests; which also became the focus of my LLB dissertation.