BESA Mwansa

Executive director

Harriet Chibuta is a young women’s rights activist with a promising career in the Women’s Movement in Zambia. She started her career as a Research Assistant at Read To Succeed-a USAID funded project, where she successfully conducted early grade literacy assessments in primary schools in Zambia’s Northern Province.

Harriet is currently employed as Executive Director at Young Women in Action, a youth-led, youth-focused non-governmental organization in Zambia working to empower girls and young women. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies and postgraduate certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation and SPSS from the University of Zambia. She has over 5 years’ hands on experience in promoting young women’s rights at community, national and international levels through advocacy, awareness raising, network building and lobbying. Additionally, she is also currently serving as the Vice Chairperson of MenEngage Zambia, a network of various Civils Society Organisations that focuses on working with men and boys to end violence against women and girls and achieve gender justice. Harriet is also serving as Board Advisor of Be Your Own Kind Foundation- a foundation that works to ignite the passion of girls and women to set and achieve goals that do not underestimate their potential through personal development mentorship programs.