ADVANCING ADVOCACY ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ONLINE

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FifAfrica panel on gender based violence; Dr. Letshwiti Tutwane, Dora Mawutor, Martha Chilongoshi, Yunusa Ya’u and Josephine Karungi

The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2018 that took place in Accra, Ghana provided an opportunity for various stakeholders to probe how some social norms, including language, culture, and religion are fuelling and increasingly normalising gender-based violence and hate speech especially against women online.

As is often the case, when gender based violence conversations come up in any fora, the first admission is always that women and girls are the most affected group. This is largely due to the inequalities that exist in society where women are perceived and treated as inferior to men and confined to the role of “helper” while the men are automatically assumed as “leaders”

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#WHYIDIDNTREPORT HASHTAG; COUNTERING NARRATIVES ABOUT RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE ONLINE.

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Illustration of rape culture in Zambia by Cartoonist Wapi

Last week, US President Donald Trump tweeted sentiments that angered many across the world and sadly reflects the attitude of societies globally when it comes to cases of rape and sexual violence against women and girls.

Trump who himself, has been accused of sexual violence by 19 different women, attacked Christine Blasey Ford in defense of a Supreme Court nominee named Brett Kavanaugh who has been accused of sexually assaulting Christine at a party when they were in high school.

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THE INTERNET NEVER FORGETS, USE IT!

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The internet and in particular, social media can and should be used to share experiences and raise awareness about important issues on gender and especially the efforts being made to adopt social, legal and economic measures that ensure prevention, punishment and eradication of violence and abuse against women.

Young African women who have access to the internet have a unique opportunity to take lead in addressing injustices such as rape culture, sexual abuse, gender discrimination, violence, defilement and all forms of harassment towards women and girls.

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FWILANE BANDA – ZAMBIA’S YOUNG MENSTRUAL HYGIENE CHAMPION.

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Image credit: Fwilane Banda

Meet Fwilane Janery Banda, a dedicated champion for girls through her work in menstrual health management aimed 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.

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MALAWI’S RACHEL SIBANDE PICKS UP YOUNG VISIONARY LEADER AWARD AT WORLD YOUTH FORUM

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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

ANNA CHIFUNGULA – THE REAL WONDER WOMAN!

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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.

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