ZAMBIAN youth, Mutabi Mwale, is among 60 youths to receive a Global Change Maker title from the Global Change Makers International Youth Organisation to represent Zambia at the Global youth summit slated for July 13 to 19, 2019 in Aarau, Switzerland.
The 22-year-old third year social work student at University of Zambia earned the Global Change Maker title for her fight against child marriages, gender discrimination, cultural bias and promoting menstrual hygiene.
The 2019 selected Global Change Makers will join the Global Change Makers Network of over 1000 leaders across the world that are working to make a difference in over 180 countries for them to be eligible to apply for grant funding to launch or scale their projects.
The 60 18 – 23-year-old social entrepreneurs, community organisers, activists, volunteers and campaigners working towards attaining substantial development goals would join the summit for networking, and learning.
Mutabi is the founder of the non-profit club called Chimwemwe which aims at ending child marriage through the dramatised skits.
The organisation also conducts workshops to educate women and girls on menstrual hygiene. The male folk is also mentored by the organisation to promote gender equality in a different perspective.
Mutabi lived in a village where people believed in cultural values and placed boys and girls in separate boxes, of which the girls’ boxes were inferior to that of boys.
The boxes’ walls were comprised of poverty, child marriage, gender discrimination and culture.
However, Mutabi broke the silence among people who were victims of child marriage, gender discrimination, among others, and helped them to break through the walls built by traditional leaders.
Using her non-profit club, Chimwemwe, Mutabi embarked on mentoring boys and girls, educating the latter to make reusable sanitary towels as well as convening meetings with traditional marriage rights teachers.