Government moots projects to address gender inequality

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Central Province Permanent Secretary (PS) Edwidge Mutale talking to Serenje district Heads of Government Departments (not in Picture) during her recent tour of district in the province.
Permanent Secretary (PS) Edwidge Mutale

Government says it has introduced deliberate policies that will ensure that Gender inequality is reduced in all spheres of life.

Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary Edwidge Mutale said her ministry has introduced projects that will lead to the attainment of Sustainable development goals dealing with gender inequality.

Ms Mutale told ZANIS in Lusaka today that, projects like the Agricultural development Value chain Enhancement project among others are aimed at empowering women and youths in the country economically.

She said agricultural inputs that her ministry has been distributing to women under the ADVANCE project throughout the country will ensure that women farmers drift away from tilling land using outdated methods of farming.

The permanent Secretary further added that the ministry of gender has targeted more than fourteen thousand girls throughout the country who should be taken back to school.

But Action Aid Zambia, has advised government to ensure that polices towards social protection and land rights are well implemented with the urgency they deserve if the country’s dream of achieving sustainable development goals on gender inequality can be realised.

Action Aid Country Director Nalucha Ziba said government urgently needs to improve policy readiness if it wants to have any chance of achieving SDGs on inequality.

Mrs Ziba noted that Zambia has very good policies towards gender inequality but that slow implementation of polices at all levels will hinder the attainment of the SDGs target.

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