THE Ministry of Gender says it is saddened by the killings of females in Lusaka and has since called on women to take measures to protect themselves by not moving in dangerous places.
Commenting on the recent killings of two women in Lusaka in unclear circumstances, the ministry has urged the investigative wings to expedite the investigations pertaining to the killings.
Last month, two females were murdered and their bodies were dumped in maize fields near their respective residences in Makeni area.
Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima said the perpetrator should be brought to book.
Ms Kalima has urged women to be on the lookout and always protect themselves.
And the minister has urged women to turn in large numbers to commemorate this year’s Women’s Day.
She said the theme fits very well with what Government is doing in promoting gender equality and parity in places of work.
Ms Kalima said her ministry has been going round in schools to ensure that young women are educated.
“I want to encourage women to be part of the day as it is meant for us. I also call on men to join in the celebrations,” she said.
She further said Government has engaged former first ladies to give motivational talks to girls as a way of encouraging them to aspire for academic excellence.
Ms Kalima said the former first ladies have been engaged to help girls realise that other than being wives of presidents in the past, they are also educated.
“The three first ladies are Maureen Mwanawasa, who is a lawyer, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, a renowned medical doctor and researcher, and Thandiwe Banda, who is a teacher,” she said.