Acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin, Justina Mutale is the AFRICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2012, an honour bestowed upon Justina on the same platform as Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa as well as the former President of Malawi, The Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda and the former female Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, The Hon. Thokozani Khupe. Justina is also Honorary Ambassador for Gender Equality and Spokesperson for the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THINK TANK, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. Justina has been featured as a Hero in the Capital Finance International Journal, which brings coverage and analysis of the drivers behind change by combining the views of leading multilateral and national organizations with thought leadership from some of the world’s top minds. Having gained global recognition for her ability, as a public personality to use her status to potentially influence the thinking of both Africans and non-Africans alike, Justina is featured among the 365 of Africa’s most respected names, well-known faces, and influential voices who inspire the future, motivate the young generation, and raise the profile to positively alter the perceptions of Africa and Africans around the world.
Justina is also a member of the “POWER 14″ a consortium of African Diaspora Women Leaders selected for their phenomenal leadership qualities and achievements in community development. The POWER 14 are part of the top 100 Diaspora ChangeMakers, an international network of influencers and innovators from every field and background and a beacon for enlightenment values, which undertakes influential and varied research projects and combines thought leadership with social innovation to further human progress. The Diaspora ChangeMakers Network is a project by the Royal Society of Arts with support from DfID’s Common Grounds Initiative, Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, that seeks to identify and bring together the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to support African communities in the UK and Africa. In addtion, Justina is a recipient of the 2013 WAF-MDG Award from the Women Advancement Forum, presented in recognition of her efforts towards the actualization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Listed in the Worldwide WHO’s WHO Directory of Distinguished Individuals, Justina is the multi-award winning Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign whcih spans 6 continents spread across the globe. POSITIVE RUNWAY is registered on the United Nations Department for Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) Civil Society Database and boasts membership and affiliation of various other international and global organisations including the Bond Network, which represents the largest household names in the UK International Development Sector, who influence key decision-makers at national, European and global levels; and the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights. POSITIVE RUNWAY is also a member of the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, a coalition of leading UK development organisations working to end world hunger.
A recipient of numerous awards and accolades from around the world, Justina has been hailed as one of Africa’s shining beacons, a great Diaspora Role Model and Diaspora Woman of the Year 2012 and 2013. In addition, Justina is featured in the BLACK 100+ Hall of Fame, an Exhibition and Legacy of the top 100 Black Achievers in modern Britain. She is one of only eight (8) women featured on the 2013 Black Women in Europe PowerList and is also featured on the AFRONews Top 12 List of Remarkable African & Caribbean Women in the UK.
Justina is an Ambassador for Peace recognised by the Universal Peace Federation, a global alliance of organizations dedicated to building a world of peace in consultative status with the United Nations. She has also been honoured as the 2014 Africa Global Goodwill Ambassador in Los Angeles, California, USA in April 2014. In addition, Justina has been honoured as a Global Officials of Dignity and UK Humanitarian Ambassador in the Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The G.O.D. Awards honour individuals including members of ancient kingdoms, empires and royal dynasties from across the globe who have are invlolved in humanitarian work and have outstanding civic and charitable stewardship and have significantly improved the quality of life in their communities through their expertise, talents and skills. Justina is one of the few African women to be featured in a UK Television Series on “Eminent African Women” and also in a TV Documentary “The Travelling Princess: The Joureny of Hope, Love and Humanity produced in Hollywood which features recipients of the Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D) Awards, who include members of some of the world’s ancient kingdoms, empires and royal dynasties who are involved in humanitarian work across the globe. Justina is also featured in a book on “Women Who Are Contributing to the Sustainable Development of the World” published in Paris; and another titled: “Women who Changed Africa”, published in New York.
A Philanthropist; International Speaker; Humanitarian; Philosopher; HIV/AIDS & Human Rights Activist and Advocate, Justina sits on the Advisory Board of the WORLD LEADERS FORUM based in Dubai. She serves as Patron, Ambassador, Trustee and Board Member of several other humanitarian, community and charitable organizations in the UK and overseas. Justina serves as Diaspora Ambassador & Spokesperson for the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, which is supported and endorsed by world personalities and celebrities including Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, David Beckham and many others. She also serves alongside the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on the Advisory Board of the African Achievers Awards.
A regular Speaker on social, economic, political and gender issues, Justina has been featured in the same television programme as the British Prime Minister talking about poverty and world hunger. She has also addressed the U.S. National Congress of Black Women in Los Angeles, the most powerful women’s organisation in the USA, which has been addressed by U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama. Justina has also addressed the European Leadership Conference at the UK Houses of Parliament in London and was invited at a Keynote Speaker at the Gender Economics Global Conference in Sydney, Australia.
As Diaspora Ambassador and Spokesperson, Justina has been one of the influential personalities driving the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, a coalition of over 200 leading UK development organizations and charities working to end world hunger by appealing to the G8 to revise policies that accelerate hunger. She is also a Civil Society delegate to the United Nations General Assembly on the High Level Dialogue with UN member governments on International Migration and Development, (POST 2015 Development Agenda).
Justina also serves alongside the Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on the Advisory Board of the African Achievers Awards; and alongside American boxing legend, Evander Holyfield and UK multi-millionaire anti-gun campaigner Stephen French on the Board Member of the International Peace and Global Peace Programme (IPP) aimed at taking guns and knives off the streets. In addition, Justina serves as International Ambassador for the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN); AMFEST Ambassador ((African Music Festival); Patron and Board Member of the CARE2FEED Hunger Project (South Africa); Board member of the Buumba Malambo Chidlren’s Foundation (Zambia); Trustee of the KE Foundation for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children; and Trustee and Ambassador of Colourful Kidz Organisation (UK).
In addition to being the African Woman of the Year 2012 and being featured in the BLACK 100+ Hall of Fame Justina has been honoured with the WAF-MDG Award in recognition of her efforts towards the actualization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (Johannesburg South Africa). She also emerged a Role Model of the Year in the Women4Africa Awards (London); in addition to being a recipient of the African Women in Europe Awards. Furthermore Justina has been honoured as Renaissance Woman of the Year (British Virgin Islands); Pioneer Woman of the Year (UKZAMBIANS); Outstanding African Woman of the Diaspora (The Netherlands); Leading Innovative Woman (Ghana); Business Woman of the Year (Scotland). Award for Service to the International Community; Global Women Inventors & Innovators Award; GAB Award (Gathering of Africa’s Best); International Honorary Award; Leading Innovative Woman Award; Women in Enterprise Award; Southern African Achievers Awards; Female Personality of the Year; Business Woman of the Year; Inspiration Award; Community Champion; Outstanding Contribution to Community; Best Beauty Pageant Director; and Best Event Promoter. She was also nominated for the UK Sunday Times’ Change Makers Award for the most inspirational Social Entrepreneur in the UK.
Justina has worked around the world on various high profile international PR campaigns in music, film, fashion, entertainment, business, arts and politics, and has provided consultancies to a variety of clients ranging from individual personalities to international organizations; inter-governmental organizations and multinational corporations, as well as working on Presidential campaigns across the globe.
Justina’s work has received global recognition around the world including a Commendation and Resolution from the General Assembly of the Georgia State Senate in Atlanta GA in the United States of America, in addition to endorsements from various prominent world personalities, including the Governor of Florida and the Mayor of Miami in the USA, and subsequent Zambian High Commissioners to the UK, among many others.
Prior to founding her own organisation, Justina worked in the Gender Section of the Commonwealth Secretariat, a prestigious international and inter-governmental organisation based in London, dealing with women’s economic, social and political empowerment, including Gender & HIV/AIDS; Gender & Trade; Gender-based Violence; Gender, Peace Building & Conflict Resolution; Women’s Political Participation; and Women’s Social & Economic Empowerment.
Justina has studied Political Science; International Relations and Public & Cultural Diplomacy as well as Public Administration. She is a student of Practical Philosophy and holds a MENSA Certificate of Merit . Justina lives in London with her two daughters.