ABOUT Juliet Mphande
Juliet Mphande is a human rights, media and peace activist with experience in the communications and human rights sectors in Zambia and Africa with a focus on minority rights. She is a qualified journalist and her areas of expertise and training extend to communications, politics, diplomacy, international relations and human rights.
She has worked with Friends of RAINKA, Zambia, an LGBT organisation from inception in 2007 first as a member of the community advisory board and later took as a Board member until she was elected Board Chair. She’s currently heading the Friends of RAINKA secretariat as Executive Director and has steered the organisation through some of its most challenging transition periods.
Prior to joining Friends of RAINKA, Zambia she was employed as a relationship expert with an international company where she provided needs assessments for training and development through stakeholder engagement and acted as an ‘on brand’ champion and facilitator in the area of relationship marketing as well as benchmarking against best brands in the market through the effective use of different diversity models.
A highly-skilled facilitator, she is able to navigate ‘difficult’ conversations and produce results.
Juliet holds an advanced Diploma in Human Rights with focus on LGBT persons that she obtained through a SIDA funded initiative - the Swedish Centre for Sexuality Education (RSFU). She has worked extensively in the field of Human Rights focusing on the rights of sexual minorities in Zambia and Africa at large.
She’s’ currently reading for her MSC in Strategic Marketing through the Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. She is an Associate Coach from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Graduate School of Business.
Juliet sits on various human rights and corporate policy making bodies notably: The Global forum for Civil Society through the US Embassy, the Bi-lateral initiative on Human Rights and the African Association of Communication Directors to mention but a few.
She is a member of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and the Lesbians and Gays Education Association (GALE). She continues to advocate for marginalized populations via her blog: firstname.lastname@example.org and her ongoing contributions to email@example.com, African Men for Sexual Health Rights (Amsher) Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA) and Gays and Lesbians Education (GALE). She has represented Friends of RAINKA, Zambia, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and other African Human Rights organizations at various national, regional and international spaces.
As a media and peace advocate, she continues to advocate for the repealing of all punitive laws for sexual minorities in Zambia through the engagement of various stakeholders in an environment that does not encourage nor support inclusion and diversity.
Her areas of interest include creating enabling catalysts for change through purposeful dialogue, ‘evoking excellence’ in others through mentoring and coaching and the use of media as a tool for social change.