The Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group (ZNWL) has bemoaned the continued low representation of women in political decision making positions.
Women’s Lobby board chairperson Beauty Katebe said the just ended 2016 elections revealed a small marginal increase that was recorded at both government and parliamentary level in which only 135 female councillors out of over 1500 councillors were elected.
She noted that only 9 female Mayors out of 104 and 28 female Members of Parliament (MP) where 26 were elected and 2 nominated out of 164 MPs and that no female was elected on a provincial level in all the 10 provinces.
ZANIS reports that Ms. Katebe stated that the situation was unimpressive and can only be changed by truthfully identifying and analysing the hindrances to women’s ascension to leadership positions.
She noted that one requires broad based knowledge and skills such as the capacity to harness the limited resources and the ability to identify and anticipate opportunities for influencing positive change.
Ms. Katebe encouraged women to go to school to acquire skills that can make them become effective in managing the local government system in an efficient manner that will empower young girls to take up leadership positions.
She said this during the official opening of the national capacity building conference for female local government leaders in Lusaka
Meanwhile Councilor for Chililabombwe District, Jane Daka encouraged women to participate in community work and women empowerment community programs.