Beatrice Simwapenga HamusondeDirector - Gender & Social Affairs

areas of expertise
  • Gender and Development
  • Human Rights Law
  • NGO Management
  • Women and Community Empowerment
  • Capacity Building, Gender-based Violence systems strengthening and survivor support
  • Policy and Advocacy on Gender Equality
  • Women Empowerment and Social Development
  • Masters in Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law
  • Certificate in Women’s Rights Monitoring
  • Certificate in Child Rights Monitoring
  • Certificate in NGO Management.

Often referred to as the “Gender Champion” at the COMESA Secretariat, the Director of Gender and Social Affairs has over 26 years’ experience in a number of fields which include educationalist in the subject of English Literature, Research and Advocacy in Women’s Rights as well as Documentation. Her expertise extends to issues of Gender, Human Rights (including Child Rights) and Community empowerment having worked for The Zambia Association for Research & Development (ZARD) and Plan International among others.

Mrs. Hamusonde has over 26 years’ experience in development. She started as an Educationalist in Ministry of Education, Zambia in 1991. Thereafter, she joined the Zambia National Women’s Lobby as Head Research, Information and Documentation. After a stint with the Women’s Lobby, she became the Chief Executive Officer of Zambia Association for Research and Development (ZARD). ZARD is one of the Women’s Rights Research, Education and Advocacy organization. From ZARD, she joined Plan International as the Advisor Gender, Community Empowerment and Child Rights. From Plan International, she worked as the Women’s Justice and Empowerment Specialist at USAID/Zambia. After USAID, she joined COMESA in 2014.

The most recent work as the Director of Gender and Social Affairs is focused on Policy and Advocacy on Gender Equality, Women Empowerment and Social Development in the context of COMESA’s regional integration agenda. Among the publications Mrs Hamusonde has done are: Beyond Inequalities Women in Zambia; Beijing Plus 10 Shadow Report; Assessment of the Zambia Teenage Mothers’ Re-admission Policy.


  • COMESA Receives AU Service Passports

    COMESA Secretariat has received the first batch of the African Union travel document known as the Laissez Passer (LP) for the use by members of staff. A total of 123 AU Service LPs and seven Diplomatic LPs were handed over to the COMESA Assistant Secretary General for Administration and Finance Dr Dev Haman (R)in Lusaka

    February 22, 2019
  • Pre-Election Observation Mission to Comoros

    The five day Pre-Election Observation Mission to the Union of Comoros ahead of the Presidential elections set for 24th March 2019. The delegation was led by Madam Hope Kivengere a member of the COMESA Committee of elders from Uganda. The deployment of the pre-election assessment mission is in line with the Decision of the 16th

    February 22, 2019
  • AfDB extends funding to the Tripartite Capacity Building Programme

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided USD 2.9 million supplementary funding for the Tripartite Capacity Building Programme (TCBP). The funds will be used to complete critical activities that are essential to the smooth operationisation of the TFTA. Among them is the completion of the industrial and Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) databases, training of border staff

    February 22, 2019

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