Ekenia Chifamba

Ekenia Chifamba - 2019 Nominee
Position: Director
Organization: Shamwari Yemwanasikana
Current Location: Zimbabwe, Africa
Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources from Zimbabwe Open University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1. Higher National Diploma in Information and Technology DEXPAC Academy Southern Africa (January 2005 - January 2007)
Distinctions in networking engineering, and hardware

2. National Diploma in Human Resources Management (HEXCO) Harare Polytechnic
2008-2009 (AWARD)

3. Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe (Part 1) (2005)

4. Diploma in NGO Management 1(Meridian International Centre, USA)

5. Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender Equality with special focus on girls’ rights and sex trade, awarded by The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation in Sweden in 2014

6. Diploma in Social work with ALT Foundation

7. Certificate in Advocacy and Governance with NANGO

8. Certificate in Raising Funds with the Women Thrive Alliance

9. Certificate in Leadership Management with Fredrica Naumann
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Social Entrepreneurship
    Awarding Organization:
    National Chamber Commerce, Women`s Desk
  • Award:
    Phenomenal African Woman
    Awarding Organization:
    PAW Foundation
  • Award:
    Outstanding Teen Development Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Zimbabwe Teen Awards
75 Public Votes Reached!
Founder of Shamwariyemwanasikana, Secretariat; Girls Not Brides, AWID, Women Deliver, Global Network of Women’s Shelters, World Pulse, GBV Network, Chairperson for Child Rights Committee (NANGO) 2018-2020, Appointed Anti-Domestic Violence Council Member – Avril Chiyangwa, Business Development and Partnerships manager at Shamwari Yemwanasikana
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since 2015, I have managed to mobilize over 1000 girls and women to access Family planning services at their nearest health centers. Trained 100 community foot soldiers who moved in different communities mobilizing girls, young women and women to access FP services. Facilitated in the training and sensitization of health workers on the National standards on family planning services disseminated information through various media platforms to an estimated reach of 300 000 people, engaged 100men as agents of change in championing FP in communities and was involved in the monitoring and evaluation of the program.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The high rise of teen mothers and the increase of adolescent sex workers prompted me to do a desktop research to assess the knowledge levels of these girls on sexual reproductive health including family planning services.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

- I have community champions who include: girls, women, men and boys who are working on FP that I mentor.
- I also attend and participate in different trainings, workshops, and advocacy platforms as well as observe International and National Commemorative days on family planning to be well versed with emerging issues.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

- Set up a FP Information and Services Hub which offers a one stop and comprehensive services to adolescents in the high density suburb of Chitungwiza in Zimbabwe where there is high prevalence of HIV,Aids and teen pregnancies.
- I will also utilize the platform to share on best practices in FP through strengthening existing skills in community champions.

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