President Edgar Lungu has launched a 65 million dollar empowerment project set to benefit 89,000 women and girls in 51 districts across the country.
Girls Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods -GEWEL- Project is fully funded by the World Bank and focusing on three components.
President Lungu in a speech read for him by Gender Minister Nkandu Luo, says the project will go a long way in improving the lives of 14-thousand girls and 75-thousand women from various parts of rural Zambia.
The President said Zambia has registered over 6 percent growth rate for more than a decade now as evidenced in progress made in various sectors of the economy .
President Lungu has however expressed sadness that most rural people especially girls and young women have not substantially benefited from the growth owing to low productivity, lack of adequate skills and poor connectivity of many rural areas to the mark
He said the PF government since assuming office has shown commitment in supporting women and adolescent girls through the social protection and women empowerment programs.
And World Bank Country Director Ina Ruthenberg said the 65-million US dollars set aside for the project is a substantial investment on the part of the Zambian government meant to provide a safety net for the vulnerable.
Ms. Ruthenberg adds that the three components includes the Supporting women’s livelihoods initiative to be implemented by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare which is targeting 75 thousand poor and vulnerable women aged 19 to 64 in 51
And Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska says women are girls are indispensable to social and economic welfare of society.
In a speech read for him by Gender Permanent Secretary Edwidge Mutale, Dr. Msiska said the launch of GEWEL is a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to facilitate the empowerment process of women and girls in the country.