UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) women will take part in women’s day celebrations which falls on Sunday 8 March.
UPND deputy secretary general Cornelius Mweetwa has said his party will take part in the celebrations though a lot of effort has to be taken to address the plight of Zambian women.
“UPND will take part in this years election women’s day celebration, though we feel the government should do a lot to address women’s affairs,” he said.
Mr Mweetwa who is also Choma central member of parliament said the party has resolved to take part in this year’s celebrations to celebrate Zambian women.
The UPND have in the past refused to take part in commemorations to celebrate women’s day and youth day.
Their leader Hakainde Hichilema was in 2014 condemned by the government for calling on Zambian youths not to march but wear black on women’s and youth days.
This years women day is being celebrated under the theme; Gender My Agenda – Make It Happen. President Edgar Lungu is expected to officiate during the commemorations at National Heroes stadium.
Meanwhile, Vice President Inonge Wina has commended women and youths for their immense contributions towards the development of the country.
Ms Wina said women in the country need to recognized for the role that they play in the promotion of peace, unity and stability in the country.
She pointed out that women participation in various sectors of the economy at different levels of the social structures have been recognized as an integral part of the development of the nation.
She said this in a statement issued to media by Senior Private Secretary to the Vice President ,Ambassador Sheila Siwela.
“It is in consideration that and appreciation of these selfless and enormous contributions from you to national development that the PF government wishes to congratulate you all as you commemorate the International Women’s Day which falls this Sunday, “she said.
And the Vice President has challenged youths in the country to be active participants in the national development agenda by investing talents and abilities to make a difference in their lives and that of their communities.
She said it was gratifying that children and youths were able to discuss issues that affected them in their daily lives through the various media fora when they commemorated the International week of Broadcasting.
“Such initiatives should be applauded as they instil in our young generation tenets of democracy and leadership, “she said.
Ms Wina has since urged youths to develop a strong sense of belonging and ownership for their country.