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Introducing the African Women Sanitation Professionals Network-Zambia Chapter

Dear All, 

The professional participation of women in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector has generally lagged behind expectations over the past years. Very few women, particularly on the African continent are known and seen to participate in;·    
  • The design, development, and management of water and sanitation services,·        
  • Identifying and sourcing funding for WASH activities, ·      
  • Regulation of WASH services and· 
  • Giving voice at the decision-making table on matters that concern them
The impacts of non-existing or unsafe and inadequate water and sanitation services on women is well understood and it is therefore important for women to take up professional roles and responsibilities towards alleviating these impacts on their lives and on their communities. The African Women Sanitation Professionals Network - Zambia Chapter (AWSPN-ZC) is a newly formed network, providing a platform for Zambian women in the WASH sector to network and interact over issues concerning their participation in sanitation activities, their sustained career growth and enhanced visibility and participation in decision making.

The network also aims to identify and promote women entrepreneurs in sanitation in order to bring about improved economic benefits and showcase women’s contribution to innovations relevant to the sector.

In its first two years of existence, the AWSPN-ZC will focus on mapping and profiling the needs, interests, and challenges of women in sanitation as well as successful role models; setting up mentoring structures for women professionals in Zambia; supporting female entrepreneurs along the sanitation service chain; enhancing WASH skills training especially for girls in collaboration with the Technical Vocational Training Authority, and supporting female participation at national, regional and international conferences and knowledge exchange fora. The AWSPN-ZC will work collaboratively with other partners.

AWSPN-ZC, will host an introductory webinar at a date to be announced soon.
The interim chairperson Dr. Barbara Kazimbaya-Senkwe, Senior WASH Governance Advisor for USAID’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) program, will lead the discussion with the help of other interim executive committee members.

The topics of discussion will include:

1. Current underrepresentation of women in key positions in WASH and its effects
2. Objectives of the African Women Sanitation Professional Network-Zambia Chapter
3.. current status of African Women Sanitation Professional Network-Zambia Chapter
4. Why you should be a part of AWSPN-ZC
5. Next steps

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Barbara Kazimbaya-Senkwe (PhD) | Senior WASHGovernance Advisor
Water, Sanitation and HygieneFinance (WASH-FIN)
 
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Hi Barbara,

Thanks for introducing the African Women Sanitation Professionals Network - Zambia Chapter (AWSPN-ZC)! Are there any chapters in other African countries yet? If not, what is planned in that regard?

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Dear forum,

Almaa organization has an interest to establish African Women Sanitation Professional Network - Sudan chapter. Because its based on public health and WASH professional and experts. If possible please provide us by the method and procedures.

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Raga Elzian President of Almaa orgnization Khartoum Sudan
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Dear All,

Get a chance to learn more about the newly created African Women in WASH Sanitation Professional Network- Zambia chapter. See flyer for details:



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Very much looking forward to this session, Women in WASH!

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Dear Raga,

It is my pleasure to assist you with some information that will help you make the first steps in the creation of the African Women in Sanitation Professionals Network- Sudan Chapter. To begin with, the African Women Sanitation Professionals Network is an emerging network of African women. The organization focuses on seeking to shape, build, and strengthen the engagement of African Women in the development of sanitation on the continent and globally. The goal of the network is to increase the numbers, equip, and advance the prominence of women in the sanitation sector. Additionally, women need to be capacitated to undertake strategic roles, (beyond being users of sanitation services). .The network promotes diversity, inclusion, and opportunities for African Women to contribute to the development of the sanitation sector globally. The network was established due to the realization of the lack of well and strategically organized, meaningfully mobilized influential engagement sanitation policies, programs, and initiatives, which in most cases fail to/ inadequately address gender diversity and inclusion.

Zambia established a chapter which comprises of a 12-member interim committee, the network is registered under the Registrar of Societies as per requirement in Zambia. Our long-term attraction has been to set up the network and change the narrative on women in sanitation in line with the mother network.

We are excited to hear that Sudan is interested in establishing a chapter and we are more than willing to render the required support based on the Zambia experience. You can get in touch with the Network secretary [url=about:blank]tembo_lucy@yahoo.co.uk[/url] or better still contact the global network by emailing  barbara.senkwe@washfin.org

On the other hand, the Zambian chapter recently held a successful introductory webinar on the 13th November 2020 to discuss and engage with members with respect to the long-term goals of the chapter. The network looks forward to more women and girls attending and being part of WASH related trainings and having women led sanitation and hygiene activities at community level. You can have a look at the webinar presentation attached.


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