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.
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
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.
Zambia is set to go to a general election on the 11th of August with a record 6,698,372 registered voters. The interesting phenomenon is that 3, 372, 935 of that number are female voters while 3,325,437 are men. What this means in essence is that the 2016 general elections in Zambia, has more female voters than male voters. With a new constitutional provision that requires the winning presidential candidate to garner more than 50% of the votes, it is clearly evident that women will be the majority voters in this year’s election and ultimately determine the outcome.
The barriers and challenges that women face in male dominated societies are very real, in Zambia, women experience extreme poverty, livelihood failure and high incidences of disease especially in rural areas. Majority of women experience poverty in ways that reinforces their circumstances, limit their expectations and subjects them to high levels of physical, psychological and sexual violence that far exceeds any traditionally acceptable practices but have little access to protection. Continue reading “WOMEN MAY DETERMINE ZAMBIA ELECTIONS OUTCOME”
Voting is important in a democratic country such as Zambia, as it is the most basic, democratic right and responsibility of citizens. An active citizenry that values participation in political activities of the nation, enhances the democratic credentials of the country.
In the January 2015 presidential by-election, Zambia witnessed a countrywide decline in voter turnout. The 33% voter turnout statistic was the lowest ever recorded in the history of our elections. Thankfully, we have seen an increase in the number of newly registered voters since the Electoral Commission of Zambia began the exercise in September 2015, with a record 1.5 million new voters captured.
In-order to address voter apathy in the 11th August, 2016 general elections and ensure that both the old and new voters actually turn up in numbers to vote at their designated polling stations, there is need to sensitize the women and youth especially, on the importance of their role in the governance process and influence them to make a positive resolve to participate.
Women and young people make up the majority of the Zambian population hence, it is imperative that they contribute to giving the Zambian democracy its legitimacy and guiding force through active discussions, interest and involvement in political affairs. Continue reading “WHY WOMEN AND YOUTH MUST TURN UP TO VOTE.”