Mrs. Wina’s rise, through ranks, to prominence and leadership dates back to 1958 when she joined the world-renowned Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) with the sole purpose of helping and speaking for the masses especially women – later becoming National President of YWCA.
On January 26, 2015, the newly elected President H. E. Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu appointed Mrs. Wina as the first female Vice President of the Republic of Zambia. Following the snap elections in 2016, Mrs. Wina became the first female elected Vice President of the Republic of Zambia under the new constitution which requires a running mate to the Presidential candidate.
Her activism as a freedom fighter, gender activist and political leader was tested first when she was arrested for protesting the rape and death of young girls in Lusaka and then following the demise of the seating President of the Republic of Zambia in 2015, H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata. The leadership vacuum swallowed the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Party into fragments of power brokers. To the rescue, Mrs. Wina, as the PF National Chairperson marshaled the nation to identify a new Presidential candidate which led to the electoral victory of the current President H. E. Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu in 2015.
Mrs. Wina attended primary school in Senanga, and at the Barotse National School (now Kambule Secondary School) in Mongu. She eventually completed her education at Santa Monica City College in Los Angeles, California, United States of America, where she obtained a diploma in social work. She further pursued her studies at the University of Zambia.
Mrs. Inonge Mutukwa Wina is a Zambian politician born on 2nd April 1941. She has been Vice President of the Republic of Zambia since 2015. She is the first woman to hold the position, making her the highest ranking female in the history of the Zambian Government. She was married to Mr. Arthur Wina, an independence freedom fighter, former Cabinet minister including being the first post-independence Minister of Finance who died on 3 September 1995 after long service to the nation.
Her Honour Mrs. Inonge M. Wina, MP
Vice President of the Republic of Zambia
26 Jan 2015 – to date
“A hallmark of selfless service to people in Zambia and beyond”
Ministry of Gender and Child Development
2012 – 2015
Ministry of Chiefs & Traditional Affairs
2011 – 2012
National Chairperson of the Patriotic Front Party
2010 – 2017
Elected Member of Parliament
Freedom Fighter, Human Rights and Gender Activist, Political Leader
1958 – to date
Her sacrifice and efforts over years were noted on March 8, 2012, when the late President H.E. Mr. Sata, recognised her long career in human rights and gender to lead the gender and child development portfolio at Cabinet level as first Minister of Gender and Child Development.
Her passion to eliminate violation of human rights especially among women led to reforms, resulting in the establishment of the first shelter for abused women and children across the country and also the Victim Support Unit under the Zambia Police Service. This initiative has now been extended to all Police Stations countrywide to deal with Gender Based Violence cases among others.
Mrs. Wina’s biggest achievement is to always speak for the voiceless in various areas of human development since 1958 including leading women’s movement in the Red Ribbon Campaign in defense of the Zambian Constitution some of whose provisions were being ignored by the government of the day.
On many occasions she has found herself on the world stage still focused on matters of human rights including in Vienna, Austria in 1993 exposing through a handmade quilt, women’s plight of serial murders that mostly targeted women in Zambia. Her passion to speak for young girls and women especially those in rural areas led her to champion deliberations at the 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), New York USA – a subject she well understands having come from a similar background as a young African woman. Many countries admired her passion and courage to speak for women and girls thus making her Guest Speaker at more than 15 side meetings/events including those organized by the UN Women, the World Bank, and Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The African Union, as the continental geopolitical representative body for Africa, is a platform where Mrs. Wina found herself speaking on important matters to the African woman on many occasions. In 2018, at the Heads of States Summit, she proposed that all Governments must use a systematic and transparent manner of assessing the governance and human rights record taking to account gender equality as one of its top benchmarks for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). This proposal has been adopted by Heads of State leading to the identification of eminent female leaders at President and Vice President Levels to spearhead a mentoring programme aimed at championing gender equality on the continent.