On the day that Mutale Kapekele will be lowered into her grave, I want the world to remember me through the works that I am doing now and in the very near future. I want them to say, there goes Mutale, a champion and relentless fighter for human rights, a world class journalist, a good mother, a mentor, the voice of the Woman! The vision for my life revolves around those issues I have mentioned. I want to be at the top of the human rights watch group, an active participant in the field of journalism, the one calling that I can never live without; journalism is my life and lives at the core of my very existence. I want my two daughters to tell their children and grandchildren that I was the best mother they could ever have. I also want to assist those coming behind me with mentorship as my contribution to realizing their dreams. But above all, I want to be the vuvuzela (trumpet) for women issues. My community here in Zambia is woven in traditions and culture that have since time in memorial disadvantaged the woman. I want my children to live in a community that gives equal opportunities to boys and girls. I want them to enjoy all the freedom that their male contemporaries have. I want to see a Zambian community that does not discriminate anyone and that accepts divergent views, a community that is tolerant and respects every human being regardless of their status in society. I know that it’s not possible to change a community overnight or even in a life time. But it is important to set the wheels of change in motion. That is what those who saw the wrongs of my community did long ago. My duty now is to insure that those wheels of change in attitudes are always oiled so that they keep on moving. I want to push the wheels of change for a few miles and in the right direction before I can say “my job is done.” I know that I am just a tiny voice in the big huge world but I want to see a world that promotes justice and peace, a world that embraces love- love for all, male and female. I want to live in a world that promotes freedoms and human rights. A world where I’m free to be what I want to be and what I already am. Education – formal and informal, is my best chance of achieving my visions, aspirations and goals. I am not blind to the fact that I have a lot to learn before I can confidently say the journey to my vision’s realization has started. I am still learning baby steps. I’m confident that becoming the Voices of Our Future Correspondent will be a good lift to reaching my vision. I know that as a VOF Correspondent, I will be able to speak for the little girl who is living the hell of defilement, for that teenage girl whose parents would rather invest in their boys’ education, for the widow whose property is grabbed because tradition says so, for the house wife who is constantly battered, for the single woman who is considered a failure for not marrying, for that woman who is always told she is nothing. I want to speak for the woman whose hope is fading. I want my voice to be her restored hope, to speak for her, to make her powerful, to give her a reason to demand her rights! I want to be the one celebrating and publicizing the success stories of the woman. Above all, I want my voice to join my global family at PulseWire, to accelerate the Pulse and make the world a better place for the woman.

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Every time I face challenges and think i choice the wrong career, you are my mentor, You encourage me to build on, you believe in me even when others don´t seem to believe my strengths, you always tell me, ´Chinemu you can do it,´ Thanks dear, you don't know what you are to me, Keep on accelerating PulseWire.

Thanks for those words Chinemu. You are one of my most prized friends and I see you as my young sister. we encourage each other and I know that we will always work well together. Stay blessed.

Dear Mutale,

Your vision for gender equality and fairness is what motivates us to change the systems for the benefit of both men and women. You are on the right track and your voice will keep rising.

Keep up the good work.

Best wishes, Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

Dear Mutale,

I love your passion to LIVE LIFE meaningfully and making each moment count, as if it was our last. Mentoring is an important part of a human chain of love, support and action, a gift that keeps giving for generations to come. We all are teachers and students, learn from one another, lean on and provide a safe place to cry with loving support and encouragement to move forward, never alone. Together we can achieve the impossible and Mutale, you are the WoMan to provide the support needed and VOICE for WoManity and Humanity!

Thank you for your inspiration, dedication and LOVE!

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Thank you so much Linda. By the way, you share a name with my immediate young sister. a woman is gifted for real and I look forward to joining hands with you in advancing the work and voice of our kind. WoMan is Powerful!!!

Your voice is far from being tiny and it will only be amplified because of your passion and skills to realize your vision. Keep it up! I look forward to reading your stories. You inspire me to be a better journalist.