CHAMPIONS OF MENSTRUAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT FOR YOUNG GIRLS

We were delighted to be a part of the Women 4 Girls Workshop organized by the South African High Commission through the office of Her Excellency, the South African High Commissioner to Zambia, Ms Sikose Mji. The workshop brought together women from across the Southern Africa region to address the challenges faced by girls in terms of menstrual health.

Here are some image highlights from the workshop of women we believe are exceptional champions for girls.

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MENSTRUAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT

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First Lady, Mrs. Esther Lungu and South African High Commissioner to Zambia Ms. Sikose Mji during the Women 4 Girls Dignity Workshop in Lusaka.

In many parts of Sub Saharan Africa, girls can miss up to five days of school in a month or drop entirely because of insufficient access to menstrual sanitation hygiene products and a host of other challenges such as long distances to water points and schools.

It is estimated that girls who do not have access to menstrual sanitary products lose not less than five days of their productive time every month. It is is for this reason that several initiatives have been put in place to mitigate the challenges of girls facing embarrassments due to staining their clothes in public and being ridiculed by boys in class or siblings at home and being forced to abstain from school because of myths surrounding menstruation.

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Fwilane Banda, Gender Support Manager for Project Luangwa making a demonstration on re-usable pads designed for girls in rural areas

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MEET FLOW1NE

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Her name is Abi Mali, a beautiful afro songbird born in Lusaka Zambia and spent part of her childhood in chingola and Malawi respectively. As a child, Abi moved around quite a lot and as a result she changed schools a few times and eventually spent her final year of high school at Munali Girls High School in Lusaka.

She discovered that she could sing at the very tender age of 5. “I was just a little girl when I sang in front of a crowd for the first time, I remember being very excited and proud of myself because I only used to sing in front of my family so this came pretty easy” She narrates.

Abi, who as a child also learnt how to play keyboard in church has since blossomed into a credible musician and worked with established artists such as Malawian based Producer Dominant1 and Award winning Zambian artists Abel Chungu Musuka and Pompi. She has also toured some parts of Zambia and crossed the boarders to South Africa and Uganda on account of her amazing gift of singing.

 

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Asked what her most memorable performance in her music journey so far has been, Abi says “I have a lot of memorable performances but if I had to pick one, it would have to be the first time I did backing vocals for Pompi in South Africa on Big Brother Africa – The Chase live show. Continue reading “MEET FLOW1NE”

MEET MINIVER NTINDA BWALYA OLIVER!

 MNBO Intulo Yane Owner Miniver Bwalya Oliver

Meet Miniver Ntinda Bwalya Oliver, a young Zambian entrepreneur who has tapped into her creative juices to stamp her name in the Fashion industry. Her brand is called “Intulo Yane” meaning My Roots while MNBO is an abbreviation of her full names.


She is behind the creative genius of covering shoes and other accessories in Chitenge, otherwise known as African print,a trend that many other designers are now attempting to pull off, but as the saying goes…. trendsetters leave a trail for others to follow. Miniver creates the most amazing African inspired accessories I have ever had the pleasure of coming across and owning. Continue reading “MEET MINIVER NTINDA BWALYA OLIVER!”