My name is Nancy Handabile, I am a Journalist, Blogger and Actress from a very beautiful country called Zambia.
Part of my work involves talking and campaigning for Civil Society Organisations and Non Govermental Organisations to use Digital media platforms for advocacy.
I belong to a network called Zambia Bloggers Network and part of our work involves training young Journalists and citizens to use online tools.
We also advocate for press freedom because in Zambia the Goverment claps down on online media and even blocks sites.
I have on a number of occasions had my phone tapped, I know bloggers who have been trailed, followed, threatened and even outrigthly beaten.
This has not detered me in the least however it has only stregthened my resolve to effect change in Africa using digital tools and platforms.
I am one of the main breadwinners in my family been legal guardian to my sisters teenage sons after she died.
Yes am only 26 but that is the nature of life in the thirs world we accept the cards we are dealt with by life and deal with them.
There is a big challenge regarding Mental Health in Zambia and most of it stems from high levels of un reported sexual abuse by both men and women.
How can women tell anyone about their experienced sexual abuse with the high levels of misogyny and sexism in Zambia.
There are no trauma centers where women can go if they have been abused and even the few counselling facilities available are very expensive.
I volunteer with Fracarita Southern Africa (an institution that works around Mental Health).
I am currently also working on a project called #IAmNotMyVagina / #StoriesOfTruimph to get survivers of Sexual Violence speak out and tell their stories in their own word.
So what happens is that they email me or I head to them and record audio or video footage of the speaking of their experiences and it will be going on my blog.
I am doing this with my own resources as I have not found anyone willing to help foot my projects bill.
I need video editing skills to further advance this project as well as finacial support for now I work with what I have.