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Justice Florence Mumba receives ‘African Woman Leadership Award’

Justice Florence Mumba receives ‘African Woman Leadership Award’ 2015AMSTELVEEN,The Netherlands, Monday 26th October, 2015 – Former Supreme Court Judge of Zambia, Justice Florence Mumba has called on African governments to encourage and support women in all sectors of governance.
The Voice Achievers has honoured Justice Mumba as the ‘African Woman Leadership Award’  2015 recepient for her outstanding  achievements on justice matters. Justice Mumba received the award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She posited that many women have and continue to contribute to Africa’s success while multi-tasking. Among the successful women whose contributions are worth-acknowledging, Justice Mumba cited Zambia’s Vice President, Her Honour Mrs Inonge Wina, Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, among others as  having achieved their ambitions and served a purposeful life.
She said over the years women have demonstrated that they can work successfully in any office, for they have the confidence and are development oriented.
“These women have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve academic excellence and raise strong families at the same time: so when we ask our [African] governments to accommodate women in every sector of governance, we have irrefutable evidence to show that women are capable because of their determination to succeed given the opportunity,” she said.
Justice Mumba however said although women invariably find themselves vulnerable because of loss of cultural values attached to their dignity in society, they have the potential to  attain their dreams through education.
“Because women are the ones who raise families, and teach children values, they grow up into positive contributors to the welfare of society. Educating women will not only improve their own lives but lives of society too. It is therefore imperative that opportunities be opened for women to achieve their potential,” she said.
Justice Mumba is currently Judge at the UN Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia – further acknowledged women’s immense contributions and resilience in the judicial sector. She said  it is impossible to develop when justice is suppressed: thus called on governments to  use laws as tools for progress, and not for oppression.
She said administration of justice should accommodate procedure that do not compromise  or  violate rights of litigants.
“Procedures inherited from our cultures sometimes destroy the essence of African dignity towards family members who may be facing legal challenges. It is possible to have court systems which build families and reconcile relatives, instead of destroying such relationships.” said Justice Mumba. “In my humble view, this is an area of legal process which requires an overhaul. It is possible to maintain high international standards in the administration of family justice while preserving human dignity. Justice Mumba also called on Africa to build peace within and outside its borders. 

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