Alice Banze, born and raised in Maputo, Mozambique, is a trained social scientist with a 25-year career in civil society organizations (Oxfam, Gender Links) and government. Very little is known about her personal life, including her parents.
Banze is the executive director of the Gender and Sustainable Development Association and a member of the African Women Leaders Network, supported by UN Women. In December 2020, Banze was elected as a member of the National Electoral Commission with the support of the Women’s Forum, an umbrella organization of Mozambican women’s rights organizations.
With a degree in social sciences from the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique, she was also trained as a partner researcher in the Feminization of Poverty Research Project in Pretoria, South Africa, The Center of Research Studies, Canberra, Australia, and the Strategic Planning and Change Management at Regenesys Business School in Sandton, South Africa.
Banze has dedicated most of her career to training women in leadership positions, and she will not stop until women have equal representation in Mozambique. Banze is one of the authors of the 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Gender Protocol Barometer and the author of the Mozambique Country Barometer. These organizations encourage and promote the participation of women in government decision-making positions. Banze is also co-editor of The African Women’s Protocol: Harnessing a Potential Force for Positive Change with Rose Gawaya and Rosemary Semufumu Mukasa.