At a time when women especially in African countries, are taking lead in addressing the injustices that have existed for centuries such as rape culture, discrimination and violence, it is quite telling that a hashtag dubbed “Women are Trash” started by a South African male with the username @JustKholii_ is trending on Twitter. Might we mention, today also also happens to be the International Day of the Girl under the theme “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls”.
Here is the basis on which the young man anchored his hashtag……
Amanda is a 30-year-old IT specialist and the only female amongst 17 young Zambian innovators who have been selected for the Zambia Information and Communications Authority (ZICTA)’s 2016 ICT Innovation Programme, which is designed to give assistance to enthusiastic young Zambian innovators who have ideas that show potential for transformation into viable usable products.
Amanda studied for her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering in Russia and currently works as a Technical Support Analyst for the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia(CIDRZ). Fascinated by the idea of creating something new and improving already existing systems, Amanda has developed a system that will help local governments in Zambia to control the bus transport system in the country. Continue reading “MEET ALUMANDA SHAKANKALE”
(Editor’s Note: the first section of this article is written by Levi Kabwato)
AROUND THE WORLD, Empathy is in short supply. Our ability to move past tragedy and forget them is quite alarming. The hashtags on social media have not made things easier as well. You can simply hashtag your message and feel you have done enough so you can move on with your life. Perhaps this should be fine, if you consider that a lot more goes ignored because, well, most people just do not have the time or strength to devote to every problem of the world.
Surely, however, there are things that can be done at a local level. There are various actions that can be taken in order to deal with social ills and other malaise in the pursuit of justice. It does not have to be earth-shattering – just simple expressions of Empathy that reveal what our African-ness is all about – Ubuntu/Umunthu.
I am because you are.
Where has the compassion gone? Where is the dignity? Where is the humanity? Granted, we are all living busy lives and are pre-occupied with our own aspirations and so on, but, when was the last time you had time for a stranger? When was the last time you put yourself in another’s shoes, to feel their pain and to make it better for them? Continue reading “THE HYENA LAUGHS AT ITS VICTIMS”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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, 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!”