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