Bulemu Mutale – South-North Volunteer

2019/03/24

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She was fortunate being encouraged to go to school… Bulemu Mutale tells us her story of a young woman growing up in the rural areas near the Zambezi, but also describes for us in detail how we can imagine the life of young women in Binga to look like…

I grew in a community where education for young women was not prioritised….”

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With the help of her grandmother, Bulemu completed school. Her mother had passed on; then her father lost his job and became ill. Bulemu started working in a local super market and picked up the role of the breadwinner for the family. The money job didn’t satisfy her. She started volunteering at an orphanage, Sunrise Children’s Home and discovered her passion: working with children. When she got involved in helping packaging products like soap and baskets of Zubo women, she also began volunteering for Zubo Trust regularly.

I am going there as “Zubo”… maybe i’m going to call myself “Zubo”…!”

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In 2018, Bulemu was chosen to participate in an exchange programme and go to Germany in January 2019. This interview was recorded in November, and in it, I encourage Bulemu to travel ahead with her imagination and share with us her expectations, her questions, her fear, and her projects…

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By now Bulemu is already working as a volunteer in a kita in Bielefeld. She is one of 16 young people from the global Souths to participate in a South – North exchange programme at Welthaus Bielefeld, which allows young volunteers from the global South to gain experiences in Germany in their chosen area of social engagement.

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ZUBO Trust is a women’s organization working with the rural women of the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe since 2009. Zubo Trust has accomplished well-recognized work in organizing the rural women, establishing producer collectives, securing women’s lively-hoods, and boosting their independence and self-esteem. One of Zubo’s pioneering initiatives is an all-women fishery project. Further projects include organic agriculture, developing cosmetic products and, the local crafts, especially basket weaving.

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Penny Yon – a voice of inspiration

2019/03/22

…and, a hand or two of crucial support to many artists in Zimbabwe and beyond, that’s the musician and arts admin Penny Yon.

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In 2012, I managed to lure Penny away from her demanding work at Book Cafe/ Pamberi Trust, and record this interview with her. An amazing storyteller, Penny writes her-story as she speaks and a couple of other histories in the Zimbabwe Arts and BaTonga cultural exchange too…

At the time, just before my first visit to Binga as a guest of Basilwizi Trust, I was particularly interested hearing Penny’s experiences of life in Binga; as Penny lived there for a number of years with her family working for Keith Goddard’s Kunzwana Trust with and for the musicians in Binga, and later, for the Tonga.Online project jointly with Peter Kuthan and the Zimbabwe Austrian friendship Association.

Hear Penny’s account of the Tonga.Online project reaching for the first time across Lake Kariba from Binga to Sinazongwe….

Penny’s audio history-writing was very recently a poignant contribution to live shows on Zongwe FM, when we were re-visiting steps in storytelling the long journey of inter/cultural relations and exchange across Lake Kariba between the Tonga people and especially, with Zongwe FM, the beginnings of Tonga radio-bridging across the Zambezi (stay tuned as we’ll also soon archive the Zongwe FM shows of 2018…!)

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Penny Yon – a voice of inspiration in remix…

Before travelling to Binga in 2016 for the project with Zubo Trust “Women document women stories”, we run a remix call-out in support of the project and Binga women. It was clips from Penny’s 2012 interview recordings which scored the largest number of remixes in the call-out… hear just some… more here

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Samba Yonga – the journey of an influential woman

2019/03/14

Samba Yonga is a Zambian journalist and media consultant. She has worked a long time as editor for Big Issue Zambia and has written for several other publications. Yonga is the founder of Ku-Atenga Media, a media consultancy firm and was named one of Destiny’s “Power of 40” most influential women in Africa 2017.”

Thus begins a Wikipedia article for Samba Yonga archived i.a. under the category “women in Zambia”. If you’d follow the link of that category, you’ll now find a sizeable number of articles, recently published about notable women in Zambia. This in itself is part and parcel of Samba Yonga’s work, part of a long journey and research…

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Samba Yonga shares with us her journey of a woman in the media in Zambia, becoming an influential player in the emerging industry of digital representation, and a keen researcher throughout.

Samba’s storytelling is a fascinating genre of, i’d call it practical roll-modelling. She takes the listeners with her in her thought processes and inquiring and thus allows us to share in to her discoveries, questions and decisions on her journey.

Didn’t the women really do anything..? Where is our history…?

Samba Yonga co-founded the Museum of Women’s History in Zambia together with Mulenga Kapwepwe. The aim of the initiative is to insert the missing half of the country’s history into the mainstream and to do so in creative ways and with the means of contemporary digital media. This amazing initiative of rewriting a country’s history is the main focus of this interview, and with my questions I encouraged Samba to tell her story with this particular perspective in mind and to reveal to us how it ultimately came to founding the Women’s Museum.

In track 6 of the interview, you’ll hear about the most recent developments and activities of the Women’s Museum, the WikiWomen project #HerZambianHistory in early 2018 and the series of audio-visual podcast #LeadingLadiesZM about to be launched just now, in March, Women’s History Month 2019. Listen here for a short introduction

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We recorded the interview in the National Museum in Lusaka (occasionally you’ll hear some disturbances in the background); the Museum actually already granted exhibition space for the Women’s History Museum’s future displays.

Find the Museum of Women’s History online at:   https://www.whmzambia.org/ (currently under construction)

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Listen to Samba on: The Leading Ladies Zambia project

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Women on-air at ResonanceFM

2019/03/12

In case you missed the live shows on Resonance FM for International Women’s Day 2019 or, want to listen again, here’s your chance to listen to the interviews of NND presenter of  “the workplace” on Resonance:

In the second half of the show, you can hear Rosemary Cumanzala, Director of Zubo Trust talk live from Binga Zimbabwe about Zubo’s economic empowerment projects with  many hundreds of women in rural Zambezi Valley. Music, first Canada Nation’s woman DJ, Crystal DJ Kwe Favel.

Following, Samba Tonga, co-founder of the Women’s History Museum talks live from Lusaka Zambia about the idea and activities of this initiative which currently re-writes history in Zambia in many creative ways.

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And here also the precursor for the show on International Women’s Day, an interview with radio continental drift on “the workplace” at Resonance FM:

“to kick off Women’s History Month 2019, and as a precursor to a special extended episode of The Workplace on International Women’s Day 2019, NND talks to sound and radio artist Claudia Wegener, who founded Radio Continental Drift in the streets of Johannesburg, about the training she conducted with women of Zubo Trust in Zimbabwe – an organisation which focuses on the economic empowerment of women.”

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“I was the only girl…”

2019/03/10

The story of DJ Petronella recorded in Lusaka 2012, recently inspired young women presenters at the community radio Zongwe FM in Sinazongwe Zambia; especially one clip went on-air numerous times in the Zambezi Valley… reactions are also documented … and remixed further…

Encouraged by her Mum, Petronella went for auditions at ZNBC… She was the only girl… Got it! …and this became the start of her career in radio.

We made the recording with DJ Petronella at Kulima tower in the floors of Joy FM Lusaka where she was working at the time in 2012. Listen to Petronella…!

The recording and story from DJ Petronella inspired vivid response from DJ Mo and DJ Nono in a Zongwe FM Family Show in July 2018. The studio – as usual filled with male Zongwe presenters but plans for “Basimbi Radio” already in the pipeline, the women presenters, Monica and Nosiko were delighted to grasp the opportunity for a shout-out to the women and girls in the community to make their voices heard.

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listen to a clip from the Zongwe Family show 

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Excerpts from this on-air show went out even further with the jingle for “Basimbi Radio” a weekly radio opportunity with and for young women on Zongwe FM. Music by Crystal DJ Kwe Favel from the 2016 Album “Radio Remixes Voices of Binga”.

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I want to tell HER story !

2019/03/08

if you are an outstanding woman, you have a 1-in-6 chance of having a Wikipedia article; if you are an African woman, you have a 1-in-300 chance.”

#HerZambianHistory a WikiWomen project of the Museum of Women’s History Zambia took steps last year 2018 to chance the balance; in partnership with the Swedish Embassy. We talked to three of the writers on the project to hear more details.

I want to tell HER story” is remix of the writers statements to go on-air on #IWD2019 at 1:30 pm GMT on Resonance FM London:

Samba Yonga, co-founder of the Museum of Women’s History talks live to N.N.D. presenter of “the workplace” on Resonance about changing the balance of women’s representation and what steps the Women’s History Museum is talking to better the balance.

Throughout March, radio continental drift runs a special audio Daily of slow / broadcasts to celebrate the art of listening and storytelling with life stories of women on the African continent: #ShapingLivesandStories 

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in the remix you hear the writers for #WikiWomen Zambia, Grace Kubikisha, Leelee Ngwenya and Lisa Chilombo Sakala. music by Danny Thompson aka BassOratory and Donna Maya.

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Talking to writers of WikiWomen Zambia

2019/03/06

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The WikiWomen Zambia project is one among a number of activities of the Museum of Women’s History to actively and positively address the gender gap in Zambia – and subsequently Zambia’s global representation. Partner in this project is the Swedish embassy. The aim: to create content about notable Zambian women, both historical and contemporary, and publish the information online at wikipedia.

Here are just some of the statistics which underline the urgency of activities like these:

  • less than 20% of all wikipedia writers are female;
  • only 12% of biographies in Subsaharan-Africa are about women;
  • if you are an outstanding woman, you have a 1-in-6 chance of having a Wikipedia article; if you are an African woman, you have a 1-in-300 chance.  

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In February 2018, a first three-day training and edit-a-thon #HerZambianHistory with 30 participants took place in Lusaka. Samba Yonga, co-founder of the Museum of Women’s History Zambia introduced me to three of the women writers on the project in December just shortly before my return to Europe.

We recorded interviews with Grace Kubikisha, Leelee Ngwenya, Lisa Chilombo Sakala and finally, on my very last day in Zambia, with Samba herself.

I ask the women to describe and reflect for us – from their individual experience and perspective – the life of Zambian women; tell us a bit about their own journey of becoming a professional woman in Zambia. Then we talk about their participation in the wiki women project: what made them join the project; how was their experience of working online; and of working in team with the other participants; anything that surprised them during the workshop; will they continue?

For documentation about WikiWomen Zambia see #HerZambianHistory at: https://www.instagram.com/womensmuseumzed/ https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofWomensHistoryZambia/

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Grace Kubikisha grew up in Zambia, worked in the textile business of her parents, and spent a number of years with work and education in America, only quite recently returning to Zambia and is now working in business together with her mother. As an insider with an outsider’s perspective, she gives us an interesting insight in the lives of Zambian women. She’s a freelance writer and multi-tasking in a number of jobs but very passionate about women’s representation in her country, which drove her to volunteer for wiki women Zambia.

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Puthumile Ngwenya aka Leelee identifies as a Zambian woman and a feminist. She shares with us the perspective of women in the media in Zambia. She has worked, both nationally and internationally as an actress, a writer, script writer I.a. She’s an experienced radio and TV host and collaborates with other women on radio and TV shows for and about women. She’s passionate about women’s representation in Zambia and was eager to learn more about African women on wikipedia and how to contribute to change the balance.

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Lisa Chilombo Sakala shares with us the life of a young published writer in Zambia, who went through struggles to survive, to go through an education at University of Zambia and, against many odds, become a writer. Women role models meant a lot to her in her life and she tells us about some significant examples for her; and of her passion for Zambian women to be known globally. With little experience in online work, she was excited to be selected for the Wiki Women project and eager to learn what it means for “writing to go global”.

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Women’s empowerment… in Binga remix

2019/03/04

… did you ever ask yourself about women’s empowerment in the rural areas of Zimbabwe…?

The Women’s organisation Zubo Trust in rural Binga, Zambezi Valley can tell a story or two about the issue.

In this recording from 2015Rosemary Cumanzala, the director of Zubo Trust can be heard in conversation with African women based in the Germany, Yvonne Chipo Makopa from Zimbabwe, Godsglory Jibril-Ellams from Nigeria and Claudia Wegener, Germany.  At the time they were running a podcast radio project with the Women’s Forum of Yes Africa e.V. in Hamm Germany.  

Listen to Rosemary Cumanzala live from Binga for the most recent updates on Zubo’s economic empowerment projects on International Women’s Day 8 March 1:30 pm GMT when she will talk with N.N.D. presenter of “the workplace” on Resonance fm London

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“…it’s taboo! I can’t allow my wife to be in the public…”

Zubo Trust began to work with the women of the community in conversational meetings with the husbands, sensitizing the men for women’s issues, that was the aim.

“…but why are the women not speaking…?”

once first steps were done and the women were attending the meetings, Zubo continued gentle inquiring in to the power structures that be…

“…Women Issues are women’s issues! There is no way a man can pretend to be a woman…!”

even the men were coming to this solution, Rosemary tells us in the recordings.

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Today many women in Zubo’s economic empowerment projects are able to stand on their own feet, fend for themselves and their families, Rosemary tells us

“…the women of the Kapenta project are even employers of men…”

“…in some families, women became the breadwinners; the husbands are taking care of the children…”

 

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The Women of Yes Afrika Women’s Forum, featured their meeting with Rosemary and her story of women empowerment in Binga in a podcast:

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“Zubo Trust brings women together for self-empowerment”

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ZUBO Trust is a women economic empowerment organisation partnering with the rural women of Binga in Zimbabwe since 2009.  Zubo Trust has accomplished well-recognized work in organizing the rural women, establishing producer collectives, securing women’s lively-hoods, and boosting women’s independence and self-esteem through capacity building trying. One of Zubo’s pioneering initiatives is an all-women fishery project on Kariba Lake. Further projects utilising natural resources include organic agriculture, the production of soap from Jatropha seeds and, the local crafts, especially basket weaving.

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Rosemary’s story of women’s empowerment in rural Zimbabwe beautifully remixed by artist Sirpa Jokinen in Finland.

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Mulenga Kapwepwe talks about women leaders (2012)

2019/03/02

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“Our story doesn’t get told.”

“Women’s rights in Africa…”

“Women leaders…”

In this interview from 2012, Mulenga Kapwepwe, a woman leader who sits on numerous national and international advisory panels beautifully documents herself as an artist, describes her work as a writer, cultural historian and especially as a playwright. 

We can hear BaMulenga elaborating on some interesting samples of her cultural-history research, which is now at play informing the projects and activities of the Museum of Women History Zambia.

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27 Nov 2012 (28:53); link to the playlist and further intro

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Remixes (feat. Mulenga Kapwepwe)

by X-Wing Pilot aka Jordan Thomas

by BassOratory aka Danny Thompson 

Mulenga Kapwepwe and Samba Yonga introduce us to the Museum of Women’s History Zambia

2019/03/01

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Coming back to Lusaka in June 2018, after five years, I was excited that the first person I was able to connect with was Mulenga Kapwepwe. In 2012, we had recorded an interview with this super-productive and resourceful lady; in the interview, BaMulenga beautifully documents herself as an artist, describes her work as a writer, cultural historian and playwright.

Mulenga invited me to join a meeting of a group of women at Zambia National Museum. It was delightful to join the discussion of such a resourceful group of women, among them artists, bloggers, writers, an architect, a lawyer…; they belong to a Cooperative of ten women who are the makers and movers of what is, and will be the Museum of Women’s History in Zambia.

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After the meeting, I managed to keep Mulenga and Samba Yonga, the co-founders of the Women’s History Museum for just about long enough to tell us how this idea and organisation was born, whats’s their mission and plans and how will they go about realising their ambitious plans of inserting women’s achievements into to the gapping mainstream of history…

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Note: the recording is from June 2018. You can listen to a live update on matters Women’s History Museum Zambia on International Women’s Day 8 March 1:30 pm GMT; Samba Tonga talks with N.N.D. presenter of “The workplace” on Resonance fm 

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further links :

https://www.instagram.com/womensmuseumzed/

https://www.whmzambia.org/ (under construction)

https://www.lusakatimes.com/2016/11/23/museum-womens-living-history-launched/


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