ZAMBIA’S YOUNGEST POLITICIAN TO SPEAK AT WOMEN’S PARLIAMENT GATHERING IN SEYCHELLES

Magoba Ward Councilor, Hon. Buumba Malambo
Image Credit: Buumba Malambo Page

Zambia’s youngest female Councilor for Magoba ward in Kafue, Buumba Malambo has been selected to represent Zambia and young women in Africa as a speaker at the first ever Women’s Parliament gathering under the theme Ending HIV For Women and Girls, to be held in Seychelles on 5th and 6th July 2017.

The 25 year old young woman, who also runs a foundation called the Buumba Malambo Foundation , a charity she established for children in need that focuses on being a child-driven and focused organisation mobilising resources to address issues of child illiteracy, is set to speak at the two day conference among other high profile officials.

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FORUM ON INTERNET FREEDOM IN AFRICA 2017 COMING UP – GET INVOLVED

A panel discussion on online violence against women, at the 2016 Internet Freedom Forum in Kampala, Uganda

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), bring endless possibilities for people to express themselves, access information and exercise their civic rights and responsibilities. While there are many forms of ICTs, one predominantly important one is the Internet, which is a great enabler for the right to information access because of its ability to transmit massive volumes of information.

In this respect, it is important for internet users to explore means and ways of improving the relationship between fundamental human rights, civic engagement, development and technology. It is for this reason, that forums such as the Internet Freedom in Africa organised yearly by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and its partners, are important as they bring together various players in the internet governance space from across the continent of Africa to debate, critique and highlight important issues around the use, protection and preservation of the internet, as well as draw attention to the design, application and purpose of ICTs which have made today’s world a global village.

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 is coming up and CIPESA would like you to participate in the preparations by proposing a session on issues you deem important and want to see addressed at this year’s event. Here’s how you can get involved FIFAfrica 2017 SESSION PROPOSAL FORM

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Successful session proposals will be listed on the Forum webpage (www.internetfreedom.africa) on August 10, 2017. Review of proposals will be ongoing from time of submission until public listing.

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Zambia’s Sithembile Ncube named among Africa’s 26 Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa has announced the 2017 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership, Empowerment and Development) Fellows. This new cohort of MILEAD Fellows represents Africa’s most promising young women leaders, who possess the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

Zambia’s Sithembile Ncube, is a community leader passionate about STEAM education and promoting the use of creative technology within Africa. Through two organizations that she co-founded, namely MakerHut and Ubongo Game Lab, she is currently implementing a makerspace program for youth in Zambia as well as an annual all-female game development bootcamp. She is also a member of the Asikana Network, a women in technology support organization in Zambia. She is a Computer Science student at the Nelson Mandela University.

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LOVELY REVOLUTION

A poem – by Luana Malan

Image by Revolt For Her

You rebelled against the culture of respecting me as a person

Went against morals and values

When you bashed my face blue

Left me in ICU

You forgot the golden rule-to do unto others, what you want done to you

When you tore my clothes, my clitoris, my life apart

You went against what is right

My RIGHTS

When you chose to be wrong

You wronged my body and my mind

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COURAGE UNDER FIRE

By Linda Kasonde

As an ardent student of history, the subject of leadership has fascinated me for years. In particular, I look for insights into what makes great leaders so great – Mandela, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. to name but a few. For me, more than anything the pattern that emerges amongst all exceptional leaders is the ability to have the courage of their convictions. Going to Harvard had been a dream of mine for some time. One bored Sunday I googled their Executive programmes and came across one at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government that really sparked my interest: “Leadership in the 21st Century: “Chaos, Courage and Conflict”. More than anything the idea of leading with courage resonated with me. I applied for the course at Harvard and much to my delight I was accepted onto the programme.

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UNDERSTANDING GENDER

The cause for gender equality is one that leaves many confused as to what it exactly en-tells. It is important to have a sound understanding of gender because of the unequal gender power relations that exist in most countries today as a result of cultural and social norms.

Women are often disadvantaged economically, politically, legally and socially, mostly due to lack of knowledge, poverty and environments that are not enabling for them to thrive. To help make the subject of gender a lot easier to understand, here are a few key terms and principles you must know, with leads from Patricia Made and Colleen Morna’s Diversity in Action…

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WOMEN IN CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE – JUSTINA MUTALE

 

Justina Mutale of the Justina Mutale Foundation For Leadership
Justina Mutale of the Justina Mutale Foundation For Leadership

Our phenomenal woman feature kicks off with a lady we crush on everyday because of her incredible work and representation of #Zambia to the world.

We love & celebrate Justina Mutale of the Justina Mutale Foundation for Leadership an initiative working to connect women to global power networks and inspiring women to turn dreams into actionable goals. 

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Her bio ably describes her below

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WOMEN, RESILIENCE AND THE WILL TO LEAD

By Linda Kasonde

Linda Kasonde, President of the Law Association of Zambia
Linda Kasonde, President of the Law Association of Zambia

With a woman’s ambition to lead comes the risk of being undermined, maligned, side-lined or even physically attacked simply because women are still viewed as the weaker sex. This year I was elected as the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia in the fifty-three-year history of the organisation and its predecessor the Law Society of Zambia. Having been in office since May this year, I now concur with the late, great “philosopher” David Bowie who jokingly said, “Don’t be the first, be the second”. On a serious note, being a relatively young female leader in a patriarchal society is fraught with challenges; the first of which is actually getting into office. Continue reading “WOMEN, RESILIENCE AND THE WILL TO LEAD”

YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN’S INITIATIVE LAUNCH

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Tila Phiri, Managing Partner – Ultimate Experience Zambia

Ultimate Experience Zambia. A local event marketing and communications agency headed by Ms Tila Phiri, has launched an initiative dubbed Young African Women Initiative (YAWI) to support young women in Africa through programmes focused on capacity building, mentorship and empowerment.

Launching the initiative at the Gender Equality Conference held in Lusaka over the weekend, Ms Phiri said the initiative would focus on supporting vulnerable women facing incredible challenges in different African regions.

“Under this initiative, we hope to garner support to establish a new educational scheme for young women and a series of academic programmes to be domiciled in different African Universities, specifically to promote women’s rights.” Said Ms Phiri

She has called on the general public to support initiative which will kick off with a free distance learning online Mini MBA in Business Administration. The online business course aimed at giving participants a basic understanding of business and management processes, will be organised by FlexyLearn and certified by the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF)

Registration for the Mini MBA will commence on 1st of November and end on 23rd December, 2016 while the course will commence on 17th January, 2017.