Zambia First Lady, UN Chief and Melinda Gates to discuss women’s health

First Lady Esther Lungu with the wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Geng Hai Ling during the International women's Day Commemorations in Lusaka
 First Lady Esther Lungu with the wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Geng Hai Ling during the International women's  Day Commemorations in Lusaka
First Lady Esther Lungu with the wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Geng Hai Ling during the International women’s Day Commemorations in Lusaka

Zambia First Lady Mrs Esther Lungu, His Excellency Ban Ki Moon and Melinda Gates will be key speakers at the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s progress report on the global strategy for women’s and children’s health 2010-2015.

Mrs Lungu, who is championing women and girls’ empowerment, will arrive in New York on Monday to be part of the Zambian delegation to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59).

The First Lady will speak at the Every Woman Every Child-organised event on Tuesday along side Mr Ban, Mrs Gates – Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Martin Chungong – Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Mr. Kenneth Frazier – Chief Executive Officer of Merk, a pharmaceutical company.

Mrs Lungu is expected to discuss progress on Zambia’s commitment to the Global Strategy for Every Women’s and Children’s health.The First Lady will also highlight the unfinished agenda, and how they must be addressed to ensure that women and children, especially in Africa, have the opportunities to survive and thrive.

The event aims to galvanize high-level political support for this work to transition into the Post-2015 Development framework, including for the development and launch of an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health later this year.

The UN Chief launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Every Woman Every Child movement in 2010 to advance progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that focus on women and children’s health.

Mrs Lungu will also deliver a statement at an event co-organised by the Zambian Mission to the UN, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Alliance for Women’s Health (GAWH), focusing on Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) and Women’s Health. Mrs Lungu will speak alongside Minister of Gender and Child Development Professor Nkandu Luo, head of the ITU liaison office to the UN Gary Fowlie, Vice President of the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation Lynn Bakiares, author and health journalist Nancy Finn, among other high profile leaders.

Prof Luo will also undertake several high-level engagements and hold bilateral meetings with ministers from other countries. The CSW59, dubbed Beijing+20, is taking place two decades after the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing that marked a significant turning point for the global agenda on gender equality.

The main focus of the 59th session, which runs from 9 to 20 March, will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The CSW59 will discuss opportunities to achieving gender equality and empowerment of women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, currently being formulate.

Issued by:
Chibaula D. Silwamba
First Secretary for Press and Public Relations
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations


    • Go Mama Lungu go. In your just and noble battles for the underprivileged mothers, orphans, the physically challenged and Geriatrics around the country, no ceiling over what you are passionate to achieve will exist. You have our unflinching support to connect you and tap into every valuable support around the word.

      God go before you. Let it rain in abundance wherever you go.

    • Mama Lungu, You have our unflinching support to connect you and tap into every valuable support around the world. In the Psalms of David, “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the LORD delivers them in times of trouble”.

    • Hope she’s much better than a husband in public speaking, because I always LMAO when her husband is making a speech.

    • I THINK SHE SHOULD NOT GO………let her not behave like Dr Kaseba, her husband is sick, she should look after Lungu.

      I don’t buy the excuse that Lungu collapsed because of Malaria, there is almost no malaria in Lusaka. And how many people collapse from Malaria?

      PF better start coming out on Lungu, we don’t want another Sata case.

    • That’s my point,,, we have had enough mischief from them in all the last 5 presidents: killing people, stealing, thinking that they can also be president etc.

    • @Webman, you forgot grabbing other people’s girlfriends, terrorizing night clubs, shady deals with foreigners, corruption.
      For sure how many children does Lungu have? We just wanna know his family. Thats all.

  1. I nearly said just send Dr Kaseba than this Chinamayo from Chawama compound where they know nothing about good health. On a second thought, I realised that Kaseba was a let down because she failed to convince her dead cobra that street vending breeds diseases. Anyway good luck Mrs Lungu. Just go and read the paper prepared for you and enjoy your bonus dollars.

    • Anybody know what the black widow is up to nowadays? Has she received any awards lately? Is she still smiling?

  2. Mrs Lungu is the most ugly First Lady in the History of Zambia.

    The Lady looks more ugly like her husband. Edgar Lungu has 6 children and all are drunkards and were responsible for Edgar Lungu’s backward development in life.

    Mrs Lungu is also a drunkard just like her dental formular husband Edgar Lungu.

    Edgar Lungu is an impotent president.

    • Why it is your problem? Deal with your issues before writing on this public forum. What may be ugly to you may not not mean is ugly to all. The first lady is no ugly…. You may HATE them but like it all not they are in charge now. AND I DOUBT YOUR MOTHER OR WIFE IS BETTER THAN OUR FIRST LADY!!!

    • @Andie. But she’s better looking than your mother, wife and girlfriend combined!

      And you are the most useless !d10t to ever visit cyberspace!

  3. Melinda Gates is in a class of her own and her name doesn’t belong in the same sentence as that “name”. Melinda will be long gone when Esther speaks to an empty audience.

    • Wechipuba wee ,can your mutinta even speak English ,the Hospital Vipatala woman , Hate will kill you, i hope it kills you today.

    • @Act
      Please if you haven’t got anything constructive to comment its best to be quiet as you just showing off your stupidity.

  4. Kaseba should be missing going round to pick useless awards i’m sure she looks at them everyday, my disappointment with her is failure to help even just the UTH where she worked for many years when she became first lady. Black widow indeed showed us her true colours.

  5. May God Bless our wonderful First Lady. May she travel well.

    It is a good thing she does for other women. A good wife is one who complements her husband well.

    First Lady has grace and beauty with a humble heart.

  6. Everyone should be extremely wary of Bill and Melinda Gates.

    They are population control enthusiasts, and their main interest in women and girls, is to reduce their reproductive rate.

    Bill and Melinda Gates are now ******″ title=”(GR, BAR) Privatized Ebola: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the World Health Organization’s Boss, Not Governments” rel=”nofollow”>the biggest donor to the WHO, not the US or UK governments.

  7. The UN secretary general should start taking these UN seminars seriously by inviting well qualified delegates who will articulate the issues and contribute intelligently and professionally like former ‘First lady’ Dr Kaseba and Nkandu Luo.
    What are Esther Lungu’s academic qualifications and how much does she understand the causes and remedies to women’s and children’s health?

    • @The London Eye
      Its about the influence someone can bring or they think one can bring. That’s public relations and it happens in many big companies. Although I do get your point in choosing professionals.

    • This will be a very interesting address. Does being a First Lady automatically qualify you for issues that you have no expertise on? Are we doing the First Lady a favour by sending her to this conference? Surely we have ladies who can articulate issues? It is appalling truly. And it. Doesn’t show the country in a good light. Do you usually hear of western First Ladies addressing the UN because of their position or is it because of their qualifications?

  8. Kaseba’s days are long over

    Musalu wali panshi- ichibemba ta ca bepa.

    I wonder if she is still grinning.

  9. London Eye, I agree it is the influence one can bring as a First Lady but it is also how someone can articulate the issue and be able to field questions and supply ideas that will ensure progress. We don’t need someone who will just be fed ideas. Influence works with companies but Zambia is not a company.

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