Inonge Mutukwa Wina
|13th Vice President of Zambia|
26 January 2015 –24 August 2021
|Preceded by||Guy Scott (2014)|
|Succeeded by||Mutale Nalumango|
|Minister of Gender and Child Development|
8 March 2012 –25 January 2015
|President|| Michael Sata |
Guy Scott (Acting)
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Nkandu Luo|
|Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs|
29 September 2011 –8 March 2012
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Nkandu Luo|
|Born||2 April 1941|
|Political party||Patriotic Front|
|Spouse||Arthur Wina (d. 1995)|
|Alma mater|| Santa Monica College (Dip.)|
University of Zambia (BA)
Inonge Mutukwa Wina (born 2 April 1941) is a Zambian politician who served as the 13th vice-president of Zambia from 2015 to 2021. She was the first woman to hold the position,which made her the highest ranking woman in the history of the Zambian government.
Wina attended primary school in Senanga,at the Barotse National School (now Kambule Secondary School) in Mongu. She eventually completed her high school education at Santa Monica High School in Los Angeles,California. She obtained a diploma in social work at Santa Monica College. She also enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Zambia when it was first opened.
Wina's involvement in community work dates back to the early 1970s when she volunteered free service to women's movements. She has served on a number of boards of non-governmental organisations and as president of the Young Women's Christian Association,where she was instrumental in promoting women's human rights agenda,resulting in the Zambian government's establishment of the Victim Support Unit under the Zambia Police Service. In 1996,she was elected National Chairperson of the NGO Coordinating Council of Zambia (NGOCC).
In the Red Ribbon Campaign to defend the Zambian Constitution in 2000,Wina led the women's movement. Wina also served on the boards of Refuge Services Zambia,the Zambia Council of Social Services,the University Teaching Hospital,and the University of Zambia Council in the public sector.
In 2001 Wina was elected as Member of Parliament of Nalolo Constituency as a candidate of the United Party for National Development. She was elected chairperson of a number of portfolio committees,including the Committee on Human Rights Gender and Governance,and Women Parliamentary Caucus.
Wina re-contested her Nalolo seat as a United Liberal Party candidate in the 2006 presidential and general elections. She lost the election and appealed the results to the High Court;the case was initially decided in her favor,but the Supreme Court eventually overturned it. Wina ran for the Nalolo seat again in the 2011 general elections,this time on the Patriotic Front ticket,and won. Wina was included in President Michael Sata's initial 18-member cabinet as Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs. On March 8,2014,Sata,during the commemoration of International Women's Day,upgraded the gender cabinet division into a full ministry and subsequently appointed Wina as Minister of Gender.
On 26 January 2015,newly elected President Edgar Lungu appointed Wina as Vice President of Zambia.She ran on Lungu's ticket in the 2016 election,becoming the first woman elected as Vice President and resigned from the position ahead of the 2021 general election,announcing her intention to retire.
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