Amandla! Woman to Watch

Linda Kasonde

Owner, LCK Chambers, Zambia
Founder & Executive Director, Chapter One Foundation.

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Why law

My mother had always advised my sister and I that, as a women, it is important to have a profession because whatever happens to you, you will always have that thing to fall back on.

Proud moment

Being elected the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia (Bar Association)

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hINDSIGHT

I always say there's no such thing as a wasted experience. As Nelson Mandela once said, you either win or you learn

CHALLENGES

As a practicing lawyers I was very fortunate to have supportive male bosses and partners. However when I entered "legal politics" in the Bar Association I quickly learned that women were expected to be less competent and were subjected to more abuse and at times physical threats.

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STRATEGIES

As Oprah Winfrey likes to say, being excellent is the best answer to all your detractors. Also, as Maya Angelou said, having courage is the most important of all virtues as as you can't practice any other virtue consistently without it

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