Gender Minister Nkandu Luo has unanimously been adopted as President of the Women Parliamentary caucus at the on-going 134th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference being held in Lusaka.
The portfolio entails Professor will preside over the affairs of women at the IPU.
And accepting the nomination, Professor Luo said Zambia has made tremendous strides in focusing and uplifting the status and profile of women in the country.
Professor Luo said women have for a long time being marginalized and left behind but the Zambian government under the PF administration is working round the clock to advance the women agenda.
The Minister noted that a strong child, sexual and reproductive health policy has been put in place in Zambia and enshrined in the amended constitution.
She said these strides are reflected in the numerous bills such as the Gender Equity bill, anti-GBV bill, marriage and child pieces of legation, demonstrating government’s resolve to address issues affecting the rights of women and girls in Zambia.
And Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini called for enhancing of women empowerment and participation in politics.
Dr. Matibini, who is also Zambian IPU President, said it is imperative that women and girls’ rights are respected and protected.
He urged parliaments the world over to place the promotion of gender equality and participation paramount on their agendas.
He said women are mostly affiliated with high poverty and illiteracy levels, sexual abuse, rape, defilement and terrorism therefore, which should not be acceptable in contemporary society.
Over 2,000 delegates are attending the 134th IPU general assembly being held in Lusaka under the theme “Rejuvenating Democracy; giving voice to the Youth”.
President Edgar Lungu is expected to grace the official opening of the IPU general assembly.