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JUSTINA MUTALE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF UK NATIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP

By LIFESTYLE REPORTER
UK-based Zambian Philan- thropist, Dr Justina Mutale has been elected President of the United Kingdom’s National Al- liance of Women’s Organisa- tions (NAWO).
Dr Mutale becomes the first Zam- bian, first African and first Black per- son to hold the top position of this world’s umbrella body.
This umbrella body boasts of a coalition of over 100 women-led United Nations (UN) organisations focused on the promotion of the rights of women and girls, as well as gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in all spheres of life, according to a statement from London.
In March 2024, Dr Mutale was
named in the Women of the Year Powerlist by Tropics Magazine of South Africa.
“Dr Justina Mutale stands as a towering figure, recognised glob- ally for her unwavering commitment to advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls. Her remarkable journey, filled with acco- lades and achievements, reflects her tireless dedication to creating a more equitable world,” says Venicia Gui- not, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Tropics Magazine of South Africa.
The National Alliance of Women’s Organisations is one of the powerful and influential women’s organisa- tions in the UK, whose work is un- derpinned by the values and imple- mentation of United Nations gender equality mechanisms.
The organisation has decades of unique expertise, beginning in the
1970s, in enabling women and girls, and women’s organisations under- stand the laws and processes that ensure the rights of women and girls.
The organisation works closely with the British Government to in- fluence policy and on the implemen- tation of the United Nations Sustain- able Development Goals and other international instruments focused on gender equality and the empow- erment of women and girls.
“I am honoured and humbled and grateful for the trust placed in me to serve as President of such a strong and prestigious national women’s organisation covering the four na- tions of the United Kingdom,” stated Dr. Mutale.
Dr Mutale leads and sits on vari- ous boards across the globe. She is a member of the core Group of the United Kingdom’s Civil Soci-
ety Women’s Alliance, which works closely with the UK Government Equalities Office.
She also sits on the Board of the World Leaders Forum headquar- tered in Dubai in the United Emir- ates, and serves as Global Envoy for Gender Equality at the International Women’s Think Tank headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Dr Mutale has consistently advo- cated for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
She is a speaker, delegate and par- allel event convenor at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, African Union’s High-Level Panel on Gender Equality; and the Commonwealth Women’s Forum; and other fora around the world that address gender issues.
Dr Mutale is the Founder & Presi-
dent of the Justina Mutale Founda- tion, which advocates for the em- powerment of women and girls in political and economic participa- tion. She also advocates for the re- tention and completion of tertiary education for disadvantaged young people by offering them university scholarships to give them upward academic, economic and social mo- bility.
Venicia Guinot adds: “Dr Mu- tale’s impact reverberates across continents, from the United Na- tions to grassroots communities. Her advocacy efforts have garnered recognition and accolades, includ- ing honorary doctorate degrees and prestigious awards. As a beacon of hope and change, she continues to inspire generations transform lives, leaving an indelible mark on the globe quest for gender equality.”

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