Republican President Michael Sata has upgraded the gender division into a full cabinet ministry and appoints Inonge Wina as Gender Minister.
Speaking today in Lusaka at the commemoration of the International Women’s days which falls on 8th March every year, President Sata said that Emerine Kabanshi, who was Gender Division deputy Minister, has now been promoted as Cabinet Minister to take over from Ms Wina as Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister.
President Sata said he is encouraged by the unity exhibited by women during the celebrations regardless of their political affiliation. The President Sata has also pledged his government’s commitment to address gender based violence by domesticating international conventions on gender.
Speaking earlier, NGOCC chairperson Beatrice Grillo appealed to government to operationalize the Anti gender law to ensure that the escalating cases of violence against women are alleviated.
Ms. Grillo further called on government to declare gender based violence a national disaster while urging President Michael Sata to set up a commission of inquiry to look into matters of gender based violence.
Ms. Grillo also demanded that article 23 of the Republican constitution be removed from the new constitution as it hinders women progress.
She has also called on the ministry of justice to set up fast track courts to expeditiously deal with cases of gender based violence.
And UNDP Director Kanni Wignaraja called on Zambians to ensure that traditional and cultural practices that affect the progress for women to be discarded.
She urged government to introduce a minimum threshold in political offices that will attract more women participation in leadership positions.
Hundreds of women and men thronged the show grounds this morning to commemorate the international Women’s day characterized by dances, poems and a match past from Munali round about along the great East Road to the show grounds, the venue of the celebrations among other activities.
This year’s international Women’s day theme is “Connecting girls, inspiring futures, mentorship for success.”
The gathering observed a minute of silence in respect of women who have died as a result of Gender Based Violence.