President: Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff
Sarai Chisala-Tempelhoff is a Malawian human rights lawyer and legal researcher. She is also the founder of an online network of gender justice actors in Malawi – the Malawi Gender Justice Network.
Sarai qualified as a legal practitioner at Chancellor College, graduating in 2002. She read for a Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratization at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She further specialized in women’s and gender studies and holds a graduate certificate in the field from the University of Memphis and is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Cape Town.
Vice President: Thokozani Chimbe
Thokozani Chimbe – Is an ICT legal specialist. She holds a Bachelor‘s degree with honors from Chancellor College, University of Malawi, a post graduate diploma in Legislative Drafting from the International Law Institute (ILI), Uganda and a Masters degree in Computer & Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London,UK.
Thokozani is a member of International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) as well a member of Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Advisors Network (CyAN)
Secretary: Chisomo Kaufulu-Kumwenda
Chisomo Kaufulu-Kumwenda is human rights advocate and a socio-legal research consultant. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in law with honours from the University of Malawi, a postgraduate diploma in the ‘International Protection of Human Rights’ from Abo Akademi University in Finland and a Master’s degree in ‘Human rights and Democratization in Africa’ from the University of Pretoria. Currently serving as the Regional Human Rights Coordinator for the southern region office of the Malawi Human Rights Commission.
Chisomo has been awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship- Young African Leaders Initiative for 2017 by the United States Government for her work in advancing social justice and promoting access to justice for vulnerable groups such as women, children and people with disabilities.
Treasurer: Harriet Maona
Vice-Treasurer (Fundraising): Nophichuwa Namithuwa
Nophichuwa Namuthuwa : Vice Treasurer since May 2017. Practising as a Legal Officer with Standard Bank Limited, Malawi. LLB (Hons) from University of Malawi, 2013. Member of the Women Lawyers Association, Malawi.
Coordinator, Research and Advocacy: Bernadette Malunga
Bernadette Malunga holds an LLB (hons) degree from the University of Malawi, a Master’s Degree in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe and is currently studying for her doctorate degree at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Apart from her role as Research and Training Coordinator in WLA, she is a full time Lecturer at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College where she teaches Gender and the Law and the Law of Business organizations.
Bernadette has vast experience in research and avocacy on women’s and Children’s rights. She has written and researched on a number of issues such as; women in political leadership, the right of the girl child in education, women and sexual offences, women in employment just to mention a few. She has also participated in a number of trainings aimed at enhancing women’s and children’s rights and well-being. For instance, she has been involved as a master trainer for the training of mentors in sexual reproductive health rights of girls.
As a research and advocacy coordinator her role is to identify and attend to the training needs of the Association’s members. She further bears the responsibility of facilitating research activities of the Association including, leading the members in research about key issues affecting women and children in Malawi with the aim of finding tangible solutions. She is also to nurture and cultivate members’ interest in writing publishable journal materials on women’s and children’s welfare.
Coordinator, Legal Aid Services: Mercy Chijere
Mercy Chijere graduated from the University of Malawi with a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB Hons) in 2012; admitted at the bar in 2013; studying for a Masters degree in commercial law at the University of Malawi; Partner at Kalekeni Kaphale Lawyers
Coordinator, Public Relations: Sally Mtambo
Sally Mtambo graduated from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College with LLB (Hons) in 2010. Before joining Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) in 2011 as an in-house Lawyer, she worked with the Judicially as Senior Resident Magistrate-Intern. She was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in 2011. She possesses other skills in Risk Management & Leadership for Women in Management.
She is a Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) alumnus and she participates as a volunteer at Centre for Legal Assistance (CELA), offering pro-bono legal services to those that cannot afford lawyers.
Member – WLA Mentorship Programme: Ndamo Somba
Ndamo Somba is an LLB graduate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She is member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She served as a Student Assistant in the NMMU Law Faculty and is a trained Supplementary Instruction Facilitator in which capacity, she served as the Supplementary Instruction Leader for second year law students for the Law of Things (an aspect of South African property law).
Since returning to Malawi, she has undergone legal (practice) training under the supervision of Mr. E.D.A. Chibwana at Chibwana & Associates, Legal Practitioners. Currently, she is a Legal Intern at the Malawi Law Commission where she has undertaken several research assignments and assisted the Law Commission’s legal teams in the preparation and facilitation of several of their law reform programme activities. Ndamo is passionate about the participation of women lawyers in decision making and policy dialogue(s) within the Malawian legal sector. Thus, she states that she will strive to establish a platform for mentorship programmes that will aim to enhance comprehensive knowledge and skills sharing among members of WLA in Malawi.
Member – Social Networking and Event Planning: Florence Milner
Florence is a lawyer at Likongwe and Company. She is new to the WLA and is keen to be involved in providing support and the advancement of women and children in Malawi.
Florence holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.