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Empowered women taking leadership roles in communities

Alice Njovu is Chairperson of Mumbwa District Development Association (MUDDA). As MUDDA Chairperson, she overseas over 10 Area Associations and over 100 groups comprising 35 to 40 persons that were formed by Women for Change (WfC).

MUDDA was formed by WfC in order to promote gender equality in Mumbwa rural areas.

Today, Alice has mastered the art of being a leader and doesn’t wait to take up leadership roles following capacity building that she has received from Women for Change for over 12 years now.

Far from who she was before WfC training, Alice is now a leader and decision maker in her community. She is Vice Chairperson of Kapepe Village Action Group (VAG).

As a leader of the VAG, Angela participates in decision-making regarding use of natural resources in her area and surrounding villages.

She takes part in approving  projects that support income generating activities for communities and contribute to conserving the forest. Among the projects she approves include bee-keeping, carpentry and food processing equipment called Yenga Press which is used to produce cooking oil from sun-flower.

Angela said she also participates in approving provision of input that include sesame seed which is also used for cooking oil production. She explains that Kapepe VAG has 12 groups which are involved in different income generating activities.

The VAG are part of the Community Resource Boards. Kapepe is 55 kilometers west of Mumbwa District. To ascend to the position of Vice Chairperson on Kapepe VAG, Angela has to campaign for members to vote for her.

Besides being Vice Chairperson of Kapepe VAG, Angela is the Treasurer of Kapepe Primary School and in addition is Head of the Girl’s Club where she conducts awareness on child marriage, gender equality and early pregnancies. Angela was elected to the position she holds at the school during the general meeting.

She expresses gratitude to WfC for the capacity building that she went through which had resulted into her taking up other leadership roles. Angela joined WfC in 2003 and was trained in Phase One to Four of leadership, human rights, children and women’s rights, gender and civic education, advocacy.

WfC believes that empowered women and communities can contribute to sustainable development as the potential of women and their views are taken on board and addressed at decision making and implementation.

Raeley King