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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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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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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