REIGNING Miss Zambia Universe, Melba Shakaboza says she is honoured and excited to have an opportunity of attending and speaking at a United Nations Meeting to raise the voices of young women around the world.
Melba will today attend the United Nations Youth Forum at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
“I am totally honoured and excited to have this opportunity of attending and speaking at a United Nations Meeting to raise the voices of young women around the world,” she said.
Melba has been selected as one of the young women speakers and will join teenage Hollywood actress, Sara Rowe from Grey’s Anatomy and Nickelodeon, together with other young women activists from the UK, USA and other parts of the world who will speak on the young women’s Panel of “Vision voices”.
Country director and organiser of the Miss Universe Zambia Pageant Alice Musukwa said the Miss Universe Zambia strives to instil confidence in young women to articulate social issues that affect the young generation.
Melba, who won her place on the delegation as part of her prize from the Justina Mutale Foundation, when she emerged as winner of the Miss Universe Zambia 2019 competition will attend the UN meeting as part of the Justina Mutale Foundation’s Young Women’s delegation to the United Nations 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW63), which will be held from 11-22 March 2019.
The Youth Dialogues helps young people to engage with the United Nations, member states, and civil society during CSW63.
“At the Justina Mutale Foundation, we do not just bring down the elevator. We ensure that the elevator takes our mentees right up to the very top,” said Justina Mutale, African Woman of the Year and founder and president of the Justina Mutale Foundation.
The foundation advocates gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by providing leadership training and mentorship.
The Foundation also advocates the retention and completion of tertiary education for young women from rural and disadvantage families in Africa by providing them with university scholarships to access higher education around the world.