#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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YOUNGEST FEMALE COLONEL IN THE ZAMBIA ARMY, MWIZUKANJI NAMWAWA.

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Col. Mwizukanji Namwawa

Colonel Mwizukanji Namwawa has been appointed as Director of Army Legal Services in the Zambia Army and effectively become the first female and youngest full colonel in the country’s Defense Force after her promotion from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

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KAMISSA CAMARA, MALI’S YOUNGEST AND FIRST FEMALE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

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Ms. Kamissa Camara

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali has appointed 35-year-old Kamissa Camara as the new minister for foreign affairs in his most recent cabinet reshuffle.

Camara has become the first woman to hold this post and is now among 11 women out of 32 ministers in Mali’s new cabinet. A move that has been commended by many as a positive stride towards gender equality and representation.

Before her appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister, Camara, a fellow with the Center for African Studies at Harvard University and with Foreign Policy, served as the diplomatic advisor to President Keita.

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COMESA APPOINTS CHILESHE KAPWEPWE AS ITS FIRST FEMALE SECRETARY GENERAL

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The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has appointed Zambian national Ms. Chileshe Kapwepwe, as new Secretary General to lead the largest economic community in Africa.

Ms. Kapwepwe, who is the current Chairperson of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), previously served as Zambia’s Deputy Minister of Finance and as Alternate Director at the International Monitoring Fund (IMF) in Washington DC.

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NACHILALA NKOMBO APPOINTED AS WWF ZAMBIA’S COUNTRY DIRECTOR

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WWF ZAMBIA’S NEW COUNTRY DIRECTOR, NKOMBO NACHILALA

The Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), has appointed Ms. Nkombo Nachilala to lead as 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.

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