Women for Change (WfC) expresses its displeasure with the remarks and conduct attributed to the Minister of Education Dr Michael Kaingu towards his Namwala female counterpart Honourable Moono Lubezhi in the Parliament Restaurant last Friday.
We are saddened that honourable Kaingu is reported to have addressed Hon Lubezhi as a ‘prostitute’ and attempted to assault her for asking him to harmonise his response while he was answering a query in the National Assembly.
WfC would like to express its concern at such remarks and conduct which, we feel, are detrimental to the realization of an enabling environment for women participation in political leadership. It cannot be over emphasised that violence be it verbal, physical or psychological are great barriers to women’s participation in the development of the country.
It is sad that statements attributed to Dr Kaingu demonstrate a clear lack of foresight on the appreciation of addressing structural causes of inequality in our society even though Zambia has ratified a number of international instruments supporting human rights which include promoting instruments that call for the upholding of the rights of women including gender equality.
As things stand, Zambia is ranking very poorly when it comes to women in leadership positions even though the country has ratified several international and regional instruments that support women’s participation in leadership positions. This situation is in part caused by the unsupportive attitude by some male politicians.
WfC would like to appeal to the Hon Minister to apologise unreservedly to Hon Lubezhi and withdraw the remarks that he uttered about her.
Women for Change