WWF ZAMBIA’S NEW COUNTRY DIRECTOR, NKOMBO NACHILALA
In an era where women are marginalized and discriminated against on the basis of their gender, it is gratifying to see the World-Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), appoint a woman to lead as its Country Head for Zambia. A move that encourages and enhances the effective participation of women in national and economic development.
Ms. NKombo, who holds a degree in Economics from the University of Zambia and a Master’s degree in public policy from Germany, will lead the WWF Zambia team in implementing a new country conservation strategy that will focus on helping Zambia to deliver its 2030 growth and development goals.
Image credit: Fwilane Banda
Not all heroes wear capes. Meet Fwilane Janery Banda, a fierce champion for girls and our special profile feature for her work in improving the lives of women and girls in rural Zambia.
Que: How do you describe your work?
Ans: I am an advocate for sustainable development innovations and community-based integration of gender support programmes with intended positive effect and impact on my community. I like to unlearn my theories and learn new ideas, exciting ways to bring light to the issues that affect women and girls.
Que: What is your educational background?
Ans: I completed my Secondary School education in 2002 at Katete Secondary and proceeded to study Social Work at the University of Zambia from 2009 to 2013.
Que: Describe Project Luangwa and your role in it?
Ans: Project Luangwa is a charitable organization formed in 2009 by the safari operators in South Luangwa. It operates in a rural area of the Eastern Province of Zambia. The aim was to create a coordinated and effective approach to help local communities improve their economic prospects and lives through better education, community development, and gender equality. My role is to manage the gender support and education programmes.
mHub Founder Rachel Sibande receiving award from President Abdel Fattah Elsisi of Egypt
Rachel Sibande, the founder of mHub Malawi’s first-ever technology incubator for startups with a special focus on building young technology entrepreneurs through training, skills development and mentorship, is one of 14 entrepeneurs honored by His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Elsisi of Egypt, as a “young visionary leader of the world” during the closing ceremony of the World Youth Forum for her remarkable contribution in Technology.
Rachel, 31, founded mHub in November 2013 as the first technology incubation hub to nurture young technology enthusiasts with technical skills and entrepreneurship. Its software development unit enables young Malawians to advocate for the development of local technology while building a vibrant community of entrepreneurs who have the passion and motivation to provide solutions to the challenges Malawi and Africa as a whole, faces. Continue reading
Dr. Anna Chifungula GCDS
She is Zambia’s first female Auditor General and known for being the woman who held down one of the fundamental constitutional offices of the Republic – the Auditor General’s office. Meet a real-life hero, now referred to as Grand Commander of Distinguished Service, 1st division, the Republic of Zambia, Anna Chifungula GCDS.
The title of Grand Commander of Distinguished Service was conferred on her by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr Edgar Lungu and decorated by His Excellency the President of Botswana Mr Ian Khama, during this year’s Independence Celebrations on 24th October, in recognition of non-political Zambian heroes.
Dr Mumba Chalwe
She is Zambia’s first female Urologist and we had the pleasure of profiling her incredible story to inspire women and girls across Zambia and Africa about the endless possibilities that are available to achieve and excel at.
Here is the exciting Q and A interview. Hope you are inspired by it as much as we are.
Que… What is your full name?
Ans… MUMBA CHALWE
Que… Where were you born and tell us a bit about yourself?
Ans… Born Kitwe in Wusakile mine hospital Copperbelt, I’m a mother of two boys, an aspiring writer currently I blog in my spare time.
Que… Name three individuals who are your role models and why?
Ans… Mr MP chalwe, my dad: from a tender age he instilled values and virtues that I use even today. Honesty, integrity, perseverance and hard work
Linda kasonde the first female president of LAZ- she embodies power and grace at a level I aspire to reach as a pioneer she is a beacon and her firm stance on her core beliefs just pushes me to be better.
Girls pose for a group photo with guest of honour Bernadette Deka
80 girls aged 15-24 years old were brought together by Asikana Network to acquire basic ICT skills with support from eSkills4Girls , an initiative aimed at tackling the existing gender digital divide particularly in low income and developing countries with a goal to globally increase the access of women and girls to the digital world.
Asikana Network provides free training in marketable ICT skills, exposure to emerging technologies, mentorship and career progression opportunities primarily to girls in high school, in college and young professionals. Working in collaboration with its local partner Lubuto Library Asikana brought the girls together at the University of Zambia, Department of Computer Science labs in a week that coincides with Africa Code Week workshops in 35 countries across Africa.