Mama Chibesakunda Kankasa is a veteran politician and celebrated former freedom fighter who took part in the struggle for the independence of Zambia. Over the years, Mama Kankasa has played a prominent role in the social and economic development of Zambia, especially for women and children. She served the country in several capacities including as Minister of Women’s Affairs, member of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) Central Committee, which used to be the highest policy-making body in Zambia, and as Zambia’s High Commissioner to countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. Mama Kankasa also served as a member of the National Constitution Conference, the Human Rights Commission, Care Ministries for the mentally ill and in 2015, launched the Mama Kankasa Gift of Health Voucher with Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia. She is also a former Councilor for Ndola City Council and Lusaka City Council.