SAT in partnership with Rozario Memorial Trust, selected three young women from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to participate in this years’ 9th AFRICAN UNION GENDER PRE-SUMMIT held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The conference themed “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth: Empowering young people, especially young women, for leadership and civic participation” runs from the 22nd to the 26th of January and is expected to draw delegates not only from Africa, but world-wide.
The three young women, Ruvarashe Miti from Zimbabwe, Jean Tionge Chirombo from Malawi and Bester Mulenje, from Zambia, excitedly arrived in Addis Abba a few days ago.
We’ve managed to have a quick interview Bester Mulenje, before she boarded the plane for Ethiopia. Bester is currently the Southern African Aids Trust’s Zambia Youth Chairperson and had the following to say:
“The African young women and girls summit means a lot. It’s a platform that will help me and other young ladies share views and bring out the best in us and also that of my beautiful country Zambia.
We will be able to find solutions through focusing on networking with other non-governmental organizations and government representatives.
I am a lady who is passionate about helping other young women. I want to see the young people in my country access good quality health and be able to stand up for their rights.
To me a woman matters and I believe after this conference I will share my ideas with other young people and get them involved in issues patterning them.”
Keep your eyes on SAT’s social media pages for updates on this conference.