Victor Pilirani Chikalogwe – Director
Victor is a Malawian native with extensive experience in non-profit work and advocacy. He holds a diploma in Project Management from the Staff Development Institute, a degree in Business Administration of the University of Malawi Polytechnic, a certificate in Information Processing from the University of Malawi Chancellor College and is currently studying Project Management at Exploit University. Previously, Victor served as the youth coordinator for the Student Christian Organization of Malawi, Assistant Coordinator for Transform Africa – Malawi Chapter, LGBTI Coordinator for CEDEP Malawi, and Project Coordinator for Home of Hope Mchinij. He has a passion for education and LGBTIQ advocacy and social work and has in the past worked on gender-based violence with Women’s Voice, sexual reproductive rights with United for Body Rights, and sexual reproductive rights for men who have sex with men with the Fens Institute, USA.
Willson Tarusarira – Project Manager
Willson is a Zimbabwean Disability Human Rights Specialist with solid national, regional and international experience in disability issues. He has extensive experience in non- profit organization work. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He also holds a post Graduate Diploma in Disability studies from the University of Cape Town. Willson holds a Master of Philosophy Degree specializing in Disability Issues from the University of Cape. He is currently a PhD candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Studies at Stellenbosch University. He has a passion for disability issues among Refugees and asylum seekers.
Ethan Chigwada – Community Mobilization Officer
Ethan is a Zimbabwean national, living in Cape Town since 2015. He is an active member of the LGBTIQ community and advocates for sexual and gender diversity in politics and civil society. He joined PASSOP in 2018 and leads our major LGBTIQ initiatives.
Tiwonge Chimbalanga – Office Administrator
Tiwonge is a transgender woman who was imprisoned for marrying a man in Malawi in 2010. This was considered the first LGBTIQ marriage in Malawi. Thanks to political initiatives and political activism, Tiwonge was able to leave prison after several months and managed to flee to South Africa. At PASSOP, she welcomes our clients, gives first support to individuals seeking assistance through our paralegal service, and issues Newcomer letters for undocumented asylum seekers attempting to apply for refugee status in South Africa.
Cosmo McNamara – Paralegal Intern
Cosmo is a South-African who returned to Cape Town after completing his degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Warwick. He specializes in International Political Economy and has a particular interest in Human Rights law, Labour law, Worker’s rights and combatting inequality.
Miriam Gleckman-Krut – Researcher
Miriam is a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. She researches LGBTQI asylum-seeking in South Africa. https://lsa.umich.edu/soc/people/current-graduate-students/mgleck.html
Volunteers and Interns are the core of PASSOP. At any given time, there are several volunteers and interns working to support and advance PASSOP’s mission. They come from a wide range of different backgrounds, with our student interns representing some of the best universities in the world.
The PASSOP Board consists of six trustees that are responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations. They ensure that the organization upholds the interest of the public, and monitor and advise on the work done by the Director of the organization. The Chairman is Guillan Koko from the University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights.