SECOND EDITION

BY MARSHA MOYO

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SECOND EDITION

BY BY MARSHA MOYO MARSHA MOYO

MESSAGE FROM THE SPONSOR
Since the beginning of mankind, women have generally been considered the weaker sex. However, history is replete with numerous examples where women have set their out-of-the-ordinary lives as an inspiration for others. From politicians to housewives, women have played significant roles throughout history. They have featured in almost every field, including science, governance, business and the arts. In Zambia, women have and continue to be full participants in the socio-economic development of the country. Therefore, it is important to promote awareness of their exceptional dynamism and absolutely necessary to highlight the contributions of women and reinforce their position as workers and creators of resources and wealth. As in the first edition of ‘Zambia Women Celebrated’ published in 2001, this second edition is aimed at giving prominence to the contribution of a number of Zambian women in a drive to promote female leadership by highlighting their involvement in the development process of the country. The publication portrays the stories of women I would term “role models.” One would ask the question: What is a woman role model? Is she the woman politician who wields tremendous influence on her fellow women and or society at large, or the woman teacher whose instruction can be the beginning of academic excellence or is she the woman banker who on the surface appears to have it all, perhaps she is the woman artist who can exert influence that transcends national borders, or is she the woman lawyer who has reached the top of the ladder in one of the top law firms in the country? Maybe she is the market woman who has gone out on her own and created her own enterprise or the woman who has decided to stay at home and look after her family? Probably she is all of these. What is important is for every woman to have a choice; to be able to rise to the top of the ladder if she wishes and to be given the same opportunities and earning potential as any citizen of Zambia. The stories in Zambia Women Celebrated are those of a number of women who have exhibited courage and determination to realise their own aspirations and ambitions in life. These women have stimulated all types of initiatives and ventures whose values are priceless while continuing to aspire to optimise and multiply their knowledge and skills. We should take advantage of the experiences of these role models. Over a decade and a half ago, the 179 countries who participated in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo agreed that the empowerment and autonomy of women and the improvement of their political, economic, social and health status is essential for the achievement of sustainable development. They also recognized that the most pressing international problems – poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and political instability – can be solved by securing women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Today, and as portrayed in this publication, the ICPD agenda is vigorously alive. In 2011, we in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) celebrate 42 years of our operational activities. Throughout this period, the Fund has consistently emphasized the special role and importance of women in socioeconomic development. We have ensured that our programmes and projects increase women’s opportunities to participate in development as decision-makers, programme planners and community workers. I hope that the content of this publication will increase the confidence and self-esteem of every woman and girl so that they will utilise the resources of the modern world to make their own choices and improve their lives. I wish to sincerely thank Marsha Moyo and her team for their commitment to women’s empowerment and also for the time and devotion towards the production of this inspirational publication. Duah Owusu-Sarfo Country Representative UNFPA

FOREWORD
Throughout history and across the globe, the role of women is constantly debated and re-defined. Yet while it has become fashionable especially in more recent years for governments and institutions to sign various protocols declaring their unequivocal inclusion and support of women as equal partners in decision making, several African countries fall short of reaching the SADC protocol and African Union stipulation of thirty and fifty percent female representation by 2010 and 2015 respectively. Yet, as Zambian women, fortunately we have not awaited validation to enhance our contribution towards community, national and international development through our self-reliance and empowerment. We have continued to defy the odds, rising to challenges set and overcoming those set by ourselves. The publication Zambia Women Celebrated through its first and in this its second edition reflects this in the biographical captions of the women featured. The women have understood that success is not limited to speech but includes action and depict this as a common thread towards achievement regardless of their chosen profession. In this regard, the strides taken are worth every honour and celebration. Still, we must now accept that Zambia is part of the global village and while our contributions could be best and most immediately realised within the country, our influence and impact can transcend our national territory.

Dambisa Moyo Economist/Author

WOMEN CELEBRATED
Written & Composed by Marsha Moyo ©2001

They bear the same face Although different features REFRAIN They are the women, they are the girls From home, from my home They know where they’ve come from And need it to get where they’re going REFRAIN They are the women, they are the girls From home, from my home They know that trials of today Can be triumphs of tomorrow And that fruits they reap today Could have been seeds once sown in sorrow REFRAIN They are the women, they are the girls From home They carry a heavy load And sometimes more than their share They may remain nameless And at times even faceless REFRAIN They are the women, they are the girls From home, from my home They know that living isn’t easy For those who are strong But they choose to keep on going Like soldiers who keep marching on REFRAIN They are the women, they are the girls From home, from my home

IN MEMORY OF
ISABEL CHIMANGENI
Journalist

JULIA MALUNGA
Visual Artist

ALICE LENSHINA MULENGA
Political Activist

ELIZABETH MUMBA
Academician

ANN CHISANGA-MWALE
Accountant

MARY NGUVU
Educationalist

FLORENCE NYONDO
Author & Health Advocate

BUUMBA SIKUMBA
Radio Disc Jockey

Musician

LILY T

PRINCESS NAKATINDI NGANGA YETA
Politician

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Once you start chasing power, you have lost it

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ElwYN mwIKa NaCHaNYa CHOmba
When science subjects were introduced during her time at Chipembi Girls’ Secondary School, full of curiosity and ready to meet a challenge, Elwyn decided to study medicine. In 1973, as the best academic student at the University of Zambia with first prize and academic university honors in surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, Elwyn became Zambia’s first female medical doctor. With a career spanning over 35 years, as a paediatrician and Senior Consultant in Child Health, she has served on several medical boards, was the first female Managing Director of the University Teaching Hospital and in 2010 was awarded a professorship. Stimulated by her students’ thinking and inspired by a desire to do better for her patients, she knows that in life you can do many things but in each you should strive to do the best you can while as a simple person, she believes that “once you start chasing power, you have lost it.” She is a mother of two.
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For everything I have attained thus far, should it all be taken away, leave me with my God and I will want for nothing

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wHITNEr KaPEmbwa mUTalE NalUmaNGO
For 25 years, Kapembwa worked as a secondary school teacher and as one of the founders of the Secondary School Teachers’ Union of Zambia (SESTUZ), she served as its National Vice-President. Then in 2001, from her desire to serve a wider part of the community in which she was born, bred and worked, Kapembwa stood to be elected as a Member of Parliament for Kaputa constituency. No sooner had she won than in 2002 was she appointed Minister of Labour and Social Services and two years later in a lateral transfer to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, there also becoming the first female Chief Government Spokesperson. Appreciating the value of every road travelled and citing her earlier experience of managing a classroom, in 2006 she was unopposed by her 158 co-parliamentarians and elected as the Deputy Speaker for the National Assembly becoming the first female to hold this office in Zambia. With the country’s development at heart, Kapembwa believes that “no matter how small a piece of cake, everybody must have an equitable share,” and commits her continued efforts for that to happen, while modestly declaring that “for everything I have attained thus far, should it all be taken away, leave me with my God and I will want for nothing.” She is a mother of four.
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Being self inspired, disciplined and self-dependent makes you realise things inside yourself and then you can really take off

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JES SIE CHISI
In 2005, Jessie entered a national writing competition marking her beginning of a career in the arts. Although she second guessed her choice to enter the industry because her grandfather advised that “the arts don’t pay,” at an early age Jessie had already resolved within herself that “women should always come out of their comfort zone and only then would they realize that they can do things beyond whatever they could have imagined.” Since then she has never looked back and in 2010, as one of 4600 entrants from 156 countries, her script “Women on Hold” was one of 12 selected as the ‘Most Promising Films’ during the Berlin Film Festival and later that year, it was presented as one of only 12 selected at the Durban Film Festival. Today, a fully-fledged filmmaker travelling back and forth from Finland, she disregards her being an orphan as an obstacle and is continuously inspired by telling African stories. She intends one day to become Africa’s best filmmaker ultimately saying that, “being self inspired, disciplined and self-dependent makes you realise things inside yourself and then you can really take off.”
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Gardening, like life, is always an experiment and every idea will be an inspiration to another

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SaNDra HElEN ClaYTON FINDlaY
Sandra initially wanted to be an airhostess because of their appearance and opportunity to travel. However, she studied travel and tourism, then became a professional fashion designer and finally decided to take her gardening hobby and artistic skills to a whole new level. Inspired by the ability to create something from nothing and always yearning to be surrounded by beauty and the arts, in 2006 with her vision and creativity, she established Sandy’s Creations, a garden centre in Lusaka. Attributing the synergy between herself and her business-partner-husband and identifying him as “the one with the business sense,” with an initial staff of 12, today Sandy’s Creations has grown into a team of 130 and is an establishment of manicured gardens, a garden centre selling indigenous and exotic plants, a restaurant & café, conference centre and luxury accommodation. Although she is not sure how to classify her business, the one thing she is sure of is that daily she aims to continue to make Sandy’s Creations a haven of beauty, peace and tranquility. “Never be afraid of making mistakes in the garden; gardening, like life, is always an experiment and every idea is an inspiration to another.” She has three daughters.

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Your work should never be your life, but your life should translate itself in your work

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brENDa mUNTEmba
In 1995 Brenda decided to work as a Security Officer following in the footsteps of her late father who had worked in the police service as Commanding Officer Central Province. A qualified French to English translator which she chose from wanting to study something she was good at, after graduation she believed that the police could use her skills as a part time teacher in French. This resulted in her joining the force in 1998, where she underwent training at Lilayi Police Training College and there taught French. She then opted to strengthen her translation, interpretation and linguistics skills by pursuing a Masters in Superior Specialized Studies in France. In 2002, she returned to Zambia and to Lilayi where she resumed her translating work as a Communication Skills Instructor until her 2003 appointment as the Zambia Police Public Relations Officer predominantly working out of force headquarters. Four years later, she was transferred back to Lilayi as Deputy Commanding Officer and Chief Training Officer. In 2008, she was promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner and appointed Commanding Officer Central Province; the very position and office held by her late father. She recalls her fondest memory as her wedding day when her mother and aunt escorted her down the aisle and were telling her she was walking too fast and she was telling them they were walking too slowly! Complementing her work in the service, in 2010 Brenda joined her husband and began to pastor a church believing that this would afford her more of an opportunity to fulfill God’s purpose in her life. “Your work should never be your life, but your life should translate itself in your work.”
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If you have a passion, go for it and take it in your stride

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lUKUNDO NTObIZODwa NalUNGwE
In secondary school, her good grades in Geometrical Mechanical Drawing saw Lukundo want to be an architect. However, towering above most of her peers as a teenager, a new career opportunity presented itself and in 2005, encouraged by family and friends to try a career in modelling, Lukundo auditioned for the MNET Face of Africa competition. Although not selected that year, she re-auditioned in 2006 and this time qualified in the top ten to represent Zambia. However, she was not selected to proceed in the competition. In 2008, she auditioned yet again and this time made it to the top six to represent her country but again was unsuccessful in going further. With great persistence, in 2009 she once again auditioned for the same competition and this time was selected to represent Zambia. This win saw her among 24 hopefuls attend a five-week boot camp in Kenya and after this the contestants were narrowed down to 10 who attended the final held in Nigeria. There, standing 1m 78cm tall, Lukundo was announced winner of the 2010 MNET Face of Africa. The win saw her immediately jet off to model during the New York Fashion Week and afterwards to Cape Town where she is based for three years on contract. She loves to draw cartoons and play basketball and fully aware of the limited career-time available to models, she intends to one day own enough real estate to ensure her family’s comfort and security. “If you have a passion, go for it and take it in your stride.”
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In the military, as in life, ultimately one has to promote oneself

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aNN NamaKaNDO PHIrI
Ann studied nursing from 1971 to 1974 then upon her graduation joined the military as part of their first intake of women. Immediately after being enlisted, she underwent military training for six months and thereafter was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. In 1977, she went on unpaid leave to join her husband who at the time was studying in India and whilst there, she studied computer programming, dressmaking and design. On her return to Zambia in 1979, Ann was posted to Mufulira with the 1st Engineering Squadron until 1980 when she was transferred to Lusaka to the 2nd Battalion Zambia Regiment Hospital. In 1981, she was appointed to full Lieutenant and in 1982 to Captain and during this time studied midwifery. A year later, Ann transferred to headquarters where she worked as an administrative officer and in 1985 was promoted to Major. In 1986, she founded the HIV and AIDS department in the military and in 1987, headed the nursing services. Then the government sent her to study for a Diploma in Advanced Nursing Administration at the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. After her return to Zambia in 1988, she was appointed Senior Nursing Officer, then in 1990 rose to Chief Nursing Officer and in 1997 earned a Masters in Public Health and was promoted to Colonel. In 2000, she founded the Gender Division in the military and three years later, helped establish the Defence School of Health Sciences. In 2005, she earned her doctorate in Public Health and after an extensive career in the Defence Forces Medical Services, in 2006 Ann retired from the military. In 2008, she established the Dovecot College of Nursing where she also serves as a lecturer. The college began with 23 students and by 2010 this number had risen to 95. A recipient of the Defence Forces Commissioning Medal awarded to officers who have served in the army for 10 years without committing a chargeable offence, Ann emphatically states that, “In the military, as in life, ultimately one has to promote oneself.” She has three children.
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God gives favour to those who never give up!

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EllEN HIGHT
At the age of seven, from an extra curricular school activity, Ellen developed her love of swimming. She immediately began to train and compete within her age group and later at the age of fourteen, in open events. From an early age she knew that she wanted to be successful in anything and everything she touched and with unfailing support from her mother and encouragement from a teacher, she decided to train relentlessly and ‘go for gold.’ With her favourite swimming stroke being butterfly, in 2006 she earned her place as a competitor in the 17th Commonwealth Games. She has participated in three All Africa Games and in 2007, became the first Zambian to receive a medal in the latter competition. Recalling her fondest memory as the day she was draped in the Zambian flag and saw her name up on the screen for winning a bronze medal, she is inspired by proving to herself that she can always do better and wishes there were more pools available to enable everyone to learn to swim. A holder of a Sports Science degree, she is grateful to government for the financial assistance rendered that enabled her to attend competitions and now as a corporate executive has decided to give back to the community by establishing the Ellen Hight Foundation, to assist the most vulnerable of children. “God gives favour to those who never give up!”
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Potential is not seen, it is realised

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rOSETa mwaPE
A policy analyst academically and a social scientist by profession, since her 2005 graduation from the University of Zambia, Roseta has spent her working life predominantly in the private sector. In 2007, she was headhunted to work for the Zambia Association of Manufacturers and no sooner had she begun working there than the association realised it was in dire need of a structured secretariat to maximize its effectiveness. As part of the team, Roseta rose to the challenge and in 2009, was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the newly re-organised Zambia Association of Manufacturers. A student for a Masters degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law, she works daily to help people appreciate that Zambia, like every other country, is part of the global village and that trade through regional and international integration is no longer an option but a necessity. While she appreciates her daily interactions with people, she also relishes her quiet and uninterrupted time especially when cosily dressed in her pyjamas in bed with her laptop. A fan of rap and hiphop, ballads and music by Zambian artists, she is inspired by being mentally and physically busy and believes she is capable of becoming the first female President of Zambia. “Potential is not seen, it is realised.”
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Never live beyond your means, be who you are and always know you can do better!

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DOrIS mUbaNGa mUlENGa
“If only Journalists today, could at the very least read a script before going live on air, they would do so much better to honor our profession!” says Doris a professional broadcaster since 1981. Yet, her passion for broadcasting began in 1972 when as a student she was asked to host educational programmes on radio. In 1981, she joined the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation where for approximately ten years she underwent on-the-job training. The training consisted of several live interviews and eventually earned her the opportunity to anchor the televised main news since 1990. Though not liking crowds which her father calls self exile, with her signature deep voice, Doris has dedicated her career to communicating with people primarily through broadcast which has also seen her host several current affairs programmes and appointed an administrator for the corporation. In her personal time she enjoys knitting which she learnt in the early 1970s and while searching for what do next, she acknowledges that there will always be a point in one’s life when one feels confident enough with what they have. Still, she welcomes any higher learning in the field of broadcasting that could help up her game. Valuing the power of meditation, she prefers to personally get things done, emphasizing that you are the best person to know what you want to achieve. She advises people to “Never live beyond their means, be who they are and always know they can do better!” She has a son.
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Do what you have to do today, don’t wait for tomorrow

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CHIlUFYa bErNaDETTE mwaba PHIrI
After her graduation with a degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Marketing, Chilufya joined the corporate world in the field of marketing. In 1995, she decided to use her marketing skills to change people’s behaviour rather than merely pitching products and thus joined the non governmental organisation Society for Family Health. Through social marketing, in 1998 Chilufya began to focus her career on advocating for better health while also addressing the HIV and AIDS pandemic. In 2001, she founded the Zambia Health Education and Communications Trust (ZHECT) to empower people especially women with knowledge on how to lead much healthier lives. As Executive Director of ZHECT that began in one district with a staff of seven and by 2010 was present in seven districts with sixty-five members, she believes that she and her team can have more of an impact especially in rural areas through increased communication activities. Currently a Masters student, she likes to mentor and work with young people and always seeks to uplift people and bring out the best in Zambian women. She hopes one day to overcome her fear of swimming and loves to exercise simply because it makes her feel good. “Do what you have to do today, don’t wait for tomorrow.” She has a daughter.
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There’s always something to learn from other people

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CHarITY CHaNDa lUmPa
Charity began her working life in 1983 as a vocational trainee with Hybrid Poultry doing pretty much anything the job demanded. In 1984, she graduated with a degree in Public Administration and Economics and landed her first job dealing with cars as a Workshop Manager for Auto Care, then a subsidiary of the Zambia State Insurance Corporation (ZSIC). A year later she joined the ZSIC as a management trainee in the public relations and marketing department where she worked for four years. In 1991, she was headhunted to join the banking sector and worked as Executive Trainee for Citibank Zambia and shortly afterwards was appointed Head of Credit Administration for the bank. In 1996, Charity was again headhunted to join Barclays Bank Zambia where she worked as Chief Risk Manager until 2000 and thereafter from 2001 to 2002 as the bank’s Head of Retail Banking for the southern cluster of Zambia. After that, she decided to look for a nonbanking challenge and in 2002 applied for the post of Managing Director of the then Zambia National Tourism Board (ZNTB). Having not immediately heard back from them, she remained in banking, moving to Stanbic Bank Zambia as Head of Retail Banking but, no sooner had she joined them than her appointment letter arrived from ZNTB and she immediately switched jobs. However, in 2007 when ZNTB was undergoing restructuring, Charity was made redundant. Unemployed for a year, she lived off her savings, then one day in early 2008 while listening to a Christian radio show, she decided to go on a thirty day fast placing in pray her desire for a job by March 2008. In February 2008, she was once again headhunted and lured back to banking and asked to lead Ecobank Transnational Incorporated in its entry to the Zambian market. In May 2008, she was appointed acting Managing Director and in 2009 became the first Managing Director for Ecobank Zambia. Recalling her fondest memory as the day she gave birth, she urges people to keep on pushing themselves, never stop learning and remember that “There’s always something to learn from other people.” She has a daughter.
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