Meanwhile, the WfC has called on President Edgar Lungu to appoint women for the remaining ministerial positions in order to address the wide gender inequality gap in the Zambian Cabinet.
WfC Executive Director Lumba Siyanga said Mrs. Wina suits the position and the move because it will ensure gender responsive planning in Zambia.
“The appointment of Her Honour Mrs. Wina, Vice President of Zambia to the position of Minister of National Planning is a welcome move because it will ensure gender responsive planning in Zambia,” Ms. Siyanga said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Siyanga has expressed displeasure at what she termed ‘continued stereotyping of women’ which is evident in allegations by some sections of society that the Vice President is too old for the task.
In a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Ms. Siyanga said such allegations were highly gender insensitive considering that there were many old male politicians in Zambia.
She observed that there were no such remarks attributed to the men fork.
She reiterated there was need for everyone to promote a society where there is gender equality.
“We commend all efforts aimed at achieving equal representation in decision making positions,” she said.
This week, President Edgar Lungu appointed Vice President Mrs. Inonge Wina as Minister for National Planning in addition to her current portfolio.
The Head of State also elevated Steven Kampyongo and Greyford Monde to positions of full cabinet ministers.
Mr. Lungu further appointed Patriotic Front (PF) Chawama Member of Parliament Lawrence Sichalwe as Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice President.
Mr. Kampyongo is the new Minister of Local Government and Housing taking over from Dr. John Phiri who has been moved to the Ministry of General Education in the same capacity while Mr. Monde is the new Minister for Fisheries and Livestock.