Paula Mwelwa Nkandu
- Age: 28
- | She/her/hers
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As a woman, I believe in equality by addressing the social and cultural traditions that marginalize women. This includes providing a network for women to speak out, mentor each other, have meaningful conversations, and improve their skills.
- Paula Mwelwa Nkandu
Paula Mwelwa Nkandu was born and raised in Zambia. She received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from DMI St. Eugene University in 2018. As an Information Technology Security Officer, Paula ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information for thousands of people that rely on financial services through policy formulation, risk assessments, and IT security audits. Additionally, Paula is a #SheLeadsTech Ambassador, Womenpreneur Ambassador, Miracle Life Family Church Bookshop volunteer, and Grace Hopper Celebration committee member.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I was six years old when I first witnessed domestic violence. The memory is hazy now, but I remember how I felt my panic rise. I vowed to never let a man lay a hand on me. I advocate for women’s economic empowerment because I realized that women stayed in abusive relationships because they did not have financial independence. A woman’s liberation opens not only a door for her but also her family.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I organized an event to highlight Zambian Women in Tech. This event had women who were excelling in their tech careers as speakers. The topics ranged from data science to women in the workplace to ensure that different women with different experiences could find a topic in which they could relate.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I am an avid reader, enjoy traveling, appreciate art and history, and recently discovered a love for painting.
- Bemba (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Nyanja (Intermediate)
- French (Elementary)
- girls' and women's education rights
- information security for women
- access to information and resources for girls and women
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- ITIL Foundation V3 Certification
- ISO 27001 Training
- Customer Service Training
- #SheLeadsTech Ambassador
- Womenpreneur Ambassador