Class 3 (2004-2006)

Mwila Chigaga, Zambia

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Mwila’s strong sense of social responsibility has been evident since childhood; in primary school, she helped teach nutrition classes in surrounding villages. Since receiving her law degree from the University of Zambia, Mwila’s work has reflected her keen interest in issues of social justice and human rights. After working in a private law firm for two years, she worked for the government as principal state advocate and advised the Attorney General on matters of international law. Mwila has also represented Zambia abroad, serving in London as a Deputy High Commissioner, and in New York while reporting to the 3 rd committee of the U.N. about human rights, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian issues. In Zambia, Mwila founded an organization called Widows With Strength, which empowers widows to be self-sufficient. Mwila hopes to use her fellowship to enhance her skills in international relations, and to encourage government leaders to consider the linkages between equality, development and peace. Area of Interest/Research: Mwila’s thesis deals with the issue of gender mainstreaming in the Zambian HIV/AIDS strategic management plan. Internship: International Labour Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland Mwila worked on implementation of gender mainstreaming in development policies and programs in the Gender Unit of the ILO. She also researched the social dimensions of globalization.