Zambia: President Lungu inspires women’s scholarship programme

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Ten women from the Vice-President’s Jubilee Women’s Integrated Highway

Markets Programme have received scholarships to participate in the

ongoing 2016 Zambia Society for Public Administration (ZSPA)

International Conference and Master Classes at the Twangale Park

Conference Centre in Lusaka from 16-17 June 2016.

The Justina Mutale Foundation has partnered with the ZSPA and the

Jubilee Women’s Integrated High Way Market programme to give an

opportunity to the women entrepreneurs to attend, free of charge, the

ZSPA International Conference themed: “Contextualizing Sustainable

Development Goals into National Economic and Social Development

Pillars.”

Dr. Justina Mutale, Founder & President of the Justina Mutale Foundation

said:

“To realise the aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals and

achieve the much desired gender equality, it is important that as women,

we empower and inspire one another to improve our skills-set at every

level of women’s endeavours”.

In addition to the ten women, two young women from the rural areas of

Zambia are among the 25 underprivileged young women who are to benefit

from the Justina Mutale Scholarship Programme to study abroad.

The first is Bianca Hamweete, an AIDS orphan from Chibombo rural area,

who had top marks at Grade 12, but due to lack of support Bianca found

herself selling at a market stall in Chibombo. The second is Mukelabai

Akano from Nalolo village in Western Province, whose story mirrors that

of Bianca.

“President Lungu’s efforts towards Gender Equality and his

Vice-President, Inonge Wina’s initiatives to empower women in Zambia has

been a great motivation for us” further said Dr Mutale.

President Lungu’s efforts towards gender equality were also praised by

the Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth when she officiated at

the Official Launch of the Justina Mutale Foundation’s Scholarship

Programme in London, last week.

“President Lungu is one of the African Presidents at the forefront of

empowering women and making efforts to achieve gender equality in

Africa.” said Dr Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Secretary-General of the

Commonwealth.

Bianca and Mukelabai are among the 25 underprivileged young women who

have been selected from Zambia to receive the Justina Mutale

Scholarship.  The duo have will be given an opportunity to pursue an

undergraduate degree course in “International Business and Leadership”

at the European School of Economics at its campus in Florence, Italy,

which commences in October 2016.

Bianca and Mukelabai will be presented with their Scholarship Awards

Certificates during the ZSPA Conference Gala Dinner at the Twangale

Conference Centre on the Friday evening, 17 June 2016.

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