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.
Nairobi, Sunday, June 16, 2019: Hundreds of delegates drawn from the 21 COMESA Members States have began arriving in Kenya to attend ministerial and technical meetings on infrastructure and industry. The meetings include the 11th joint ministerial and technical committees meetings on transport and communications, information technology (IT) and energy and the 3rd ministerial and technicalJune 16, 2019
The African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) will be launched on 7 July 2019 in Niamey, Niger, by the Heads of State and Government at an extraordinary summit of the African Union. The Agreement entered into force on 30 May 2019, within 14 months after its signature on 21 March 2018 in Kigali. It wasJune 5, 2019
Bujumbura, Tuesday, May 4, 2019: A joint meeting between COMESA Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe and Burundi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ezéchiel Nibigira, Trade and Tourism Minister, Jean Marie Niyokindi and Permanent Secretary of Finance, Marie Salomé Ndabahariye took place Tuesday this week in Bujumbura. This was the Secretary General’s first visit to Burundi since herJune 4, 2019