The African Women Sanitation Professionals Network- Zambia Chapter (AWSPN-ZC) was formally established in September, 2020. The Zambia-Chapter is part of the African Network that is being formalized in Kenya. The network aims to transform how women professionals participate in the sector and work towards tackling barriers to result in their inclusion in leadership roles.
The goal of the AWSPN-ZC is to equip and advance the number and prominence of women in the sanitation sector, enabling them to assume strategic roles beyond being users of sanitation services. This will be achieved through the following objectives:
a) Establishment of a Zambia Chapter of the African Women Sanitation Professionals Network and facilitating networking, coordination and mobilization of women in the sector
b) Function as a resource reservoir for potential professional sector-based opportunities and as a liaison through which various stakeholders can consult on sanitation matters relating to women
c) Identification of capacity building and mentorship opportunities for professional women in WASH, with a focus on sanitation within and beyond Zambia, e.g. attachments, on the job training and individual mentoring (career guidance and support)
d) Empowering and encouraging women at the community level (WASH user level) to participate in sanitation, including in business opportunities along the sanitation service chain.
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