President Edgar Lungu has called for the participation of more women in the fight against conflict and crime in the African region.
President Lungu charged that it was evident that women had the virtues that could engender peace and bring about reconciliation among warring countries in the region.
The Head of State added that the region cannot achieve the desired peace and security without the key participation of women, hence the declaration on Gender Equality in Africa adopted in 2004 which calls for the full and effective participation and representation of women in peace processes.
He was speaking when he officiated at the opening of the three day African Union (AU) peace retreat summit held under the theme “Practical steps to silence the guns in Africa by the year 2020”.
And President Lungu has reiterated his call for Zambia’s continued commitment towards the fight against conflicts and violence in the region.
He also called on participating member States not to relent in finding solutions to the current unstable peace and security in the African region, which he described as unacceptable.
Meanwhile speaking earlier AU Chairperson of the Retreat of the Peace and Security Council Osman Camara commended the participating member states for their participation and dedication towards achieving a conflict free continent.
Dr Camara added that he was confident that through the deliberations from the meeting, and the open mindedness from fellow members, the region will mark its turning point towards peace and prosperity.
Some of the participating member states include Zambia, Kenya, Congo DR, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Chad, among others.
The AU summit will officially come to an end on Wednesday November 9, 2016.