Glanis Changachirere is founding director of the Institute for Young Women Development, a young women's organization that promotes the political participation of young women in Zimbabwe’s marginalized communities. She is a feminist and former student leader, who has courageously broken down barriers between tradition and contemporary democratic societies by fostering dialogue among young women, traditional leaders and power holders in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland Central. In recognition of her pioneering work, she received a 2013 Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy and earned a seat on the World Movement for Democracy’s Steering Committee in 2015. Her inspirational story is told in “Girl Child,” a short documentary film produced by the World Movement. She is an Alumni of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.