The First Lady of Zambia Mrs. Esther Lungu arrived in New York on Tuesday to participate in the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60).
The CSW60 opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday 14 March 2016 with a priority theme focusing on women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.
According to the statement released to the media by Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the United Nations, Mr Chibaula D. Silwamba, the CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota, diplomatic staff and Zambian delegates to the CSW60, welcomed the First Lady in New York.
Mrs. Lungu has won local and international recognition for her role in championing empowerment of women, girls and differently abled persons.
At the CSW60, Mrs. Lungu will attend high-level meetings and hold talks with different personage.
The First Lady will participate in a meeting on realizing women’s economic empowerment in rural areas through cooperatives and micro-enterprises experiences from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and middle Income countries organized by the Governments of Italy, Fiji, Mongolia and Solomon Islands.
Mrs Lungu will participate in an event on Africa’s year of human rights with particular focus on the rights of women: opportunities and challenges, which is being organized by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and another event focusing on how gender leads – innovation, perspective and leadership organized by UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA as well as at the meeting on Operationalising the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development for women and girls with disabilities organized by UN DESA, UN Women and the UK. The Zambian First Lady will also participate at a meeting on investing in women’s nutrition for sustainable societies organized by the WHO, UNICEF and FAO and the pastoral care of women and girls on the street in response to the phenomenon of children, women earning a living or living on the streets and their families organized by the Holy See.
Mrs. Lungu will hold talks with senior officials of Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Gender Minister Prof. Nkandu Luo is leading the Zambian delegation to the annual meeting. Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata, Gender Permanent Secretary Edwidge Mutale, His Royal Highness Chief Nyamphande of the Nsenga people, some senior civil servants, the women’s movement representatives and other civil society members are in the Zambian delegation.
Zambia has hosted several side-events at CSW60, showcasing the country’s best practices, successes and challenges in fighting Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) and initiatives being implemented to empower women and girls. The side-events also highlight the involvement of traditional leaders and men in combating GBV.