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.
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.
Girls Coding Academy is a startup in Lesotho founded by 7 young women who are in the Computer Science field and on a mission to reduce the gender gap by engaging and encouraging young women and girls to participate and take up careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths or STEM fields.
Maneo Mapharisa, Mamolapi Serutla, Matseliso Moruthane, Palesa Libe, Nkentso Ledimo, Tsoanelo Ramorakane and Palesa Mosehle started the academy to bridge the huge gender gap in the tech sector.
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.
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.
Twitter Inc has announced the appointment of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to its Board of Directors effective immediately.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyand an A.B. from Harvard University.
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.