2016 Advocate Samuel Matsikure graduated with a Master in Human Rights, Peace and Development from African University in June. He reports, “My dissertation focused on access to legal justice for self-identifying gay and bisexual men in Harare, Zimbabwe. I used Kimberly Crenshaw’s intersectionality theoretical framework to illuminate gay and bisexual men’s experiences in accessing justice system. The framework reveals the complex factors as well as processes that shape social experiences.”
Samuel is a renowned human rights activist who has been fighting for the rights of LGBTIQ persons in Zimbabwe for nearly 30 years. He works at GALZ, an LBGTI Association in Zimbabwe. He earned a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sociology and Gender Development from Woman’s University in Africa. During his first degree, he focused his research on the marital experiences of married gay men in heterosexual marriages in Harare. A holder of a Diploma in Systemic Family Therapy from the Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy, he has significant experience providing counselling and psychosocial support to communities. He also has a Diploma in Higher Education from the University of Zimbabwe.