Legislation to ensure quotas for women in politics underway

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Vice President Inonge Wina
Vice President Inonge Wina

Vice President Inonge Wina has revealed that Government will propose legislative and policy reforms to ensure political parties adopt legislated quotas and affirmative action for women in politics, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.

Speaking at a Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) 19th elective General Assembly at Mika Convention Centre in Chongwe today themed: “Towards 2030, Forging Ahead with Women’s employment, Gender Equity and Equality” Ms. Wina said Government enacted the Gender Equity and Equality law to narrow gaps at various levels.

Ms. Wina believes in 2021 the number of female Parliamentarians, Councilors and Executive Mayors will increase.

She reiterated Government’s commitment in boosting women’s development programmes, affirming the reason the PF Government came up with the micro credit scheme to run for the next three consecutive years.

Ms. Wina noted that 25,000 women will benefit annually as Government has also a strategic plan to support 14,000 vulnerable girls in 16 Districts by providing requisites for learners’ re-entry policy.

She has since praised NGOCC for remaining true to the Governance ideals and displaying a spirit of continuous solidarity and empowerment with an effective advocacy for a society where women fully participated and benefited in the areas of social, cultural, economical and political development.

“we will propose legislative and policy reforms to ensure political parties adopt legislated quotas and affirmative action for women in politics” Ms. Wina said

And United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan said the UN will continue supporting local CSOs that promote gender balances to achieve economic, social and political rights.

“UN will continue support civil society organizations in Zambia to achieve economic, social and political rights” Ms. Rogan said

And NGOCC Chairperson Sara Longwe was elated that Government is in the process of implementing the Gender Equity and Equality Act.

“We are glad that Government is in the process of implementing the Gender Equity and Equality Act” Ms. Longwe said

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    Why can’t women just compete on a level playing field? I do not support this quota allocation based on gender – which other country does his?

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    Power through the backdoor. What is the problem? There is no discrimination against women in Zambia. Any quota system for women will be discriminatory against men. The old woman should be content with her undeserved position and not cause confusion. Mrs. Wina is longer at NGOCC and should now concentrate on more important problems for Zambia than women rights advocacy for which we have more than enough donor inspired opportunists.

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    This means some people will be imposed on some constituencies, wards just because they are women.

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