Government says it strongly believes in the guaranteeing the full and effective participation of women in decision making at all levels of national development.
Ministry of Gender and Child Development Permanent Secretary Daisy Ng’ambi observed that women can only be able to participate as equal partners in development if they feel they have the necessary tools of engagement.
Ms Ng’ambi who spoke through acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry during the capacity Building Workshop for political party women’s wings organized by the Zambia National Women’s Lobby said government will continue to collaborate with the ZNWL to promulgate policies that avail equal opportunities to access to political opportunities by both male and female candidates.
Ms Ng’ambi implored other civil society organisation to come up with similar initiatives that will compliment government’s efforts in ensuring equal representation of women and men in decision making positions.
She has further stressed that government is currently expediting the process of gender main streaming in all departments as one of the many policy interventions in securing gender equity.
And Zambia National Women’s Lobby Chairperson Beauty Katebe noted the involvement in politics by brave mothers has however, not matured with the passage of time as the number of women participating in political party processes and especially in leadership positions is still significantly low.
Ms Katebe noted that women’s contributions to politics has continued to be rewarded with low positions that cannot influence the decisions that are made.
She added that the voices and needs of the marginalised groups such as women need to be heard and that it can only be done through equal representation through increased participation of women in the country’s political process.