MRS ESTHER LUNGU – FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
Mrs. Esther Lungu is the current First Lady of the Republic of Zambia and Founder of the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust. Since assuming office as First Lady in 2015, Mrs. Lungu has utilised her distinguished position to reinforce her passion for uplifting the wellbeing of humanity which she has been doing for more than 23 years.
The First Lady has leveraged her position to focus on the economic empowerment of women living in rural and hard to reach areas. She advocates for the empowerment of women and girls; maternal and child health; and for persons with disabilities. Mrs Lungu has joined global leaders to press for the elimination of child marriages, discrimination against persons with disabilities; and elimination of gender based violence.
Through her Foundation, Mrs. Lungu is co-financing food processing equipment for women in agriculture; low cost boarding houses for girls’ education; drilling of boreholes for clean drinking water and uplifting the lives of children with disabilities.
The First Lady is a member of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS. She is also a member and patron of the Stop Cervical and Breast Cancer First Ladies Forum, Lafarge Foundation in Zambia and SOS Children Villages in Zambia.
Her significant contribution to the health sector prompted the Medical Association of Zambia to confer her with an award for her advocacy work on health for rural communities. She has also been recognised by the World Federation of Hemophilia for supporting persons with hemophilia in Zambia. Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder which occurs when a person has an abnormal expression of a protein on his or her genes and it is hereditary.
The First Lady’s unwavering support to these people has significantly improved their quality of life. Apart from these accolades, Her Excellency has also been decorated with the Presidential Pin by the Lions Clubs International for her outstanding work on uplifting humanity, a gesture she has been carrying out since assuming office as First Lady. Added to this litany of awards, is the 2017 Starkey Hearing Foundation “So the World May Hear” Honouree.