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