Semhar Araia – July 14, 2012

Semhar Araia is Founder and Executive Director of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), an organization supporting Africa’s next generation of women diaspora leaders. DAWN seeks to empower and amplify the contributions of African diaspora women inAfrica’s growth, security and prosperity.

With over ten years experience as a U.S. policy analyst and advocate on the Horn of Africa and Sudan, Semhar specializes in conflict resolution, development and the diaspora.  A lawyer by training, she previously served as Oxfam International’s Horn of Africa Regional Policy Advisor, a congressional foreign policy staffer, and anAfrica analyst for The Elders. She also served as an attorney on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission hearings.

In addition to DAWN, Semhar spends about half her time in Africa and is a frequent guest speaker on US-Africa policy, effective advocacy strategies and civic engagement. She has been featured on various media outlets and was recognized in The Root’s Top 100, which recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders making extraordinary contributions.

She is a 2012 White House Champion of Change and was commended by President Barack Obama for her diaspora leadership. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Universityof Saint Thomas and her juris doctor fromMarquette University Law School. Semhar was born in New York City to Eritrean immigrant parents and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Anakazi Center Launch

Entrepreneurship, Networking, Technology and Transformation:

Anakazi Center Launches!

LOS ANGELES, CA, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Four Points Sheraton at LAX, the Anakazi Center for African Women Empowerment and Development (Anakazi Center) celebrated its formal opening with a launch event.  Anakazi Center facilitates economic and social empowerment of African women by creating business development support networks and providing educational and professional resources.

Anakazi Center accomplishes its mission through two core work areas: advocacy and business development. The organization’s advocacy efforts consists of the ‘Voices of Anakazi’ radio program which raises awareness of women’s issues, and also includes partnerships with refugee agencies and other organizations to lead campaigns focused on women. Business development efforts consist of the Anakazi Business Network (ABN) facilitated by the online platform at www.anakazinetwork.org. ABN equips women-owned businesses for success by providing training, networking, mentorship and resource-sharing.

The launch kicked off with an exciting 3-hour business networking session with women entrepreneur delegates from 16 African countries visiting the US under the US Department of State, African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP). The session was particularly important as it fulfills one of the core objectives of Anakazi Center to create a motivational networking environment for African women entrepreneurs.

To further spotlight African women’s promise and possibility, the launch was graced by a guest appearance from the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Honorable Robert Sichinga who is currently in the United States promoting investment opportunities available in Zambia. Hon. Sichinga stressed the important role of women in the decision-making process, and highlighted the increasing number of women in Zambia who are entering the rooms of power traditionally dominated by men. A highlight of the event included the ‘Made in Africa’ centerpiece fashion show led by Positive Runway: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS.  The launch also featured notable non-profit and business leaders, a vendor fair with art and jewelry crafted by African women artisans and performances by Zambian artists, Kachanana and Cri$i$.

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Gertrude Banda – May 26, 2012

This week on Voices of Anakazi we are interviewing the President of the Chikumbuso, Gertrude Banda. Chikumbuso, a grassroots project in Ng’ombe, Zambia, provides an alternative lifestyle to the most vulnerable women and children in the township. Chikumbuso provides free schooling for the children, as well as adult training and capacity building , income generation activities and community building programs.

The word Chikumbuso means remembrance. In their words: “we Remember those who have died, Remember where we have come from, and Remember to do for others. We are able to accomplish this as we reach out to widows, orphans, young single mothers, young men, and grandmothers.”  

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R’ashion – April 28, 2012

 

Taryn Hipwell
Host, Creator, Producer and Designer
CEO of Ecodivas LLC

Taryn is from Pittsburgh. She studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked for designer Anna Sui in New Yorkand styled films and celebrities, while assisting director David Zucker in Los Angeles. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM as well as “Eco Fashion”/”Recycled Fashion” at Environmental Charter High School, Hollywood Media Arts and Youth Environmental Network Zambia in Africa. Her unique repurposed Kimono quilt can be seen on HGTV’s the Antonio Treatment; PAPER Magazine featured a tissue paper, Alexander McQueen, replica dress; and she is very proud of her R’ashion class at Environmental Charter High School for designing an Alice in Wonderland dress out of chip wrappers and juice containers.

She has been featured in the movie Hot, Rich and Green and in the Huffington Post. Taryn and partner Billy Lombe are in the process of creating, R’ashion Camp Zambia, an Eco Fashion exchange camp in Zambia Africa.  The purpose of the camp is to educate youth from the U.S. and Africa how to turn waste into fashion whilst taking care of our beautiful planet.

*During Earth Week 2012 Taryn’s Eco Fashion Website, launched the first fully greened music video “Uber Super Feeling!” shot in Zambia at Munda Wanga Botanical Garden and Los Angeles, California at Jalan Jalan Imports for Zambian pop star Kachanana. Taryn shot, directed, produced, edited and repurposed all of Kachanana’s dresses, with the help of YEN-Zambia members, B2K dancers, ECHS students and the Zulu Maniacs.

 

Billy Mwansa Lombe
Facilitator, Environmental Advocate, Founder and CEO YEN-Zambia,and
founder of R’ashion Camp Zambia

Billy M. Lombe was born inLusaka,Zambiaand grew up with the passion of taking care of the environment. When he was young he planted trees and grew vegetables at his family’s home. He is now CEO of an organization called Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia, which he founded in 2007.  Presently Billy and Taryn Hipwell are in the process of creating a camp, R’ashion Camp Zambia, that educates students in the U.S. and Africa about the environment through Recycled Fashion.

Throughout the last 10 years Billy has dedicated himself to the issues surrounding development and environmental sustainability from the perspective of youth empowerment and community development. His academic background is based extensively in social work, promoting environmental conservation and behavior change.  He has worked for various youth-oriented organizations in Zambia, Kenya and the rest of Africa as a whole…ranging from the YMCA to Habitat for Humanity to Cosmos Education to Green Warriors Movement (GWM) Kenya.

Billy is also currently serving as a Southern Africa Regional Coordinator for one of the biggest youth climate change networks, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC). In each setting, he has applied his skills to develop, implement and monitor programs geared towards engaging and empowering youth and the general community. Billy trains teachers and youth to become peer educators and active participants in the fight against environmental degradation and climate change. His current work with Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia has also contributed to this growth and has served to enhance his ability to work internationally in settings geared towards youth and community participation in environmental conservation matters.

Since 2008 to date Billy has been featured on Zambian’s national TV stations, radio and print media to talk about youth, climate change and advocating on critical environmental issues. Some of Billy’s tree planting stories have also been featured on the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) website.

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Margaret Chalwe-Mudenda – April 21, 2012

Join us this Saturday on Voices of Anakazi as we speak to the Director General of the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), Mrs. Margaret Chalwe-Mudenda about the revolution in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and its vast implications for the developing world. We also discuss the growing gender digital divide in Africa, particularly in Zambia and what ICTs mean to African women.

The discussion will include such issues as the notion of ICTs for empowerment and as agents of change, ICTs in the fight against gender-based violence. Through our discussion we will explores  ways in which women in Africa utilize ICTs to facilitate their empowerment; whether through the mobile village phone business, through internet use, or through new career and ICT employment opportunities.

Under Parts III, IV and VI of the Zambia Information and Communication Technologies Act No. 15 of 2009 ( the ICT Act) ZICTA is empowered to prescribe the manner of application for electronic communication licences and assignment of scarce resources as well as prescribing their standard terms and conditions. Pursuant to the mandate referred to above the Authority issues these guidelines.

The authority also seeks to ‘Promote the interests of consumers, purchasers and other users of Information and electronic communications services, including in particular, persons with disabilities and the aged in respect of accessibility, quality and variety of services and equipment.”

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Beulah Jedidah Mzyece – April 14, 2012

Beulah Jedidah Mzyece was born on the 15th October 1968 in Chipata Eastern Province of Zambia. She is the 6th of seven children born to farming parents.  She  suffered from polio at the age of 7 and has used a wheelchair for her mobility since then.

Beulah felt God’s call on her  life soon after giving her life to Christ, but she  didn’t believe it as she had no confidence to speak before people. She later went on to become involved in mission work and has been doing so ever since.

Please join us on Voices of Anakazi to learn more about Beulah’s life journey and how she continues to lead by example.

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Glenda Puteho McCoo Wina

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Glenda Puteho McCoo Wina has a long and close relationship with the people and the nation of Zambia. She arrived in Lusaka from her home town of Los Angeles in 1963, the year before Independence, in what was then the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia, to marry the Honorable Sikota Wina. He was a leader of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) and Parliamentary Secretary in the first majority-elected government.

Like her husband, Mrs. Wina was also a journalist. She wrote freelance articles for several foreign newspapers, including the Times of London. She then became a reporter for the Northern Star, a national weekly newspaper headquartered in Lusaka, and advanced to become Editorial Page co-Editor and Women’s Page Editor. When Mr. Wina became Minister of Local Government, she went into government service as Production Officer in the Zambia National Tourist Bureau, responsible for national and international advertising and promotions. As planned, she stepped aside after a few years to allow a qualified Zambian to be promoted to the position.

In the private sector, she started her own public relations and freelance journalism firm, where she edited and interviewed on economic subjects for Television Zambia. She wrote regularly for the Northern Review, a national business magazine based on the Copperbelt. She then joined the board of directors of International Advertising and Promotions, Ltd., formed by her brother-in-law, the Honorable Arthur Wina, and other investors.Not long after her arrival in Lusaka, the idea of establishing a twinning or sister city relationship with the city of Los Angeles began to be discussed. She became an enthusiastic supporter of a special relationship between her two home towns. The relationship was formalized in May, 1968.

In 1971 Mrs. Wina returned to Los Angeles with her daughter, Mpambo. She became the first African-American news anchorwoman with a network owned and-operated television station in Los Angeles, KNXT, and one of the first specialist reporter-editors in health and science subjects in a major market, and won numerous awards and honours.

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Rosemary Chileshe – March 31, 2012

This upcoming Saturday we will be interviewing Rosemary Chileshe. She was recently recognised in the Worldwide Who’s Who Directory endorsed by Donald Trump Jr, and is also a very active Virgin Media Pioneer, a brand under Sir Richard Branson.

Rosemary was Zambia’s reigning Queen in the UK for 3 years in 2003 before moving upwards & onwards as Zambia’s envoy at Miss Word 2004 and as a finale to her pageantry chapter; Miss Universe 2007. She is also a Commercial Property Surveyor, and the Founder and Managing Director of Swanilenga Group Ltd (the parent company, which to mirror her expertise & interests has projects in the following subsidiaries; Property; Fashion, Charity & Media). Others may know Rosemary as the brand behind “On The Couch with Rosemary.” Read more about her work on her website.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2012 marked the celebration of International Women’s Day under the theme “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.”  This Saturday on Voices of Anakazi we are discussing the advances we have made in terms of women’s rights and how we can continue to move forward to empower Zambia’s women. If you have  articles you would like to share, please send to us so we can add them to our International Womens Day page.

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Justina Mutale – March 3, 2012

This Saturday on Voices of Anakazi we speak to yet another Champion of Africa – Justina Mutale, founder of Positive Runway: Global Catwalk to stop the spread, has won the ‘African Woman of the Year’ Award in the prestigious African Achievers’ Awards held in London on Wednesday 22 February 2012, at Kings College.

Her voluntary organization, Positive Runway, which raises awareness against the spread of HIV and AIDS, received the ‘Service to the Community’ Award at the same ceremony. Justina joins a host of prominent African dignitaries nominated this year, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was the first recipient of the African Achievers Award in recognition for his fight for Human Rights, Justice and Peace.

Please join us as we learn more about Ms Justina Mutale and her work.

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