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Zambia First Lady Esther Lungu arrives in New York for women conference

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First Lady Esther Lungu greets Zambia UN Mission Military Adviser Brigadier General Erick Mwewa on arrival at Lotte New York Palace Hotel for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York on Saturday, March 11,2017. Photo | Thomas Nsama | State House
First Lady Esther Lungu greets Zambia UN Mission Military Adviser Brigadier General Erick Mwewa on arrival at Lotte New York Palace Hotel for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York on Saturday, March 11,2017. Photo | Thomas Nsama | State House

The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia Mrs Esther Lungu arrived in New York on Saturday, and expressed optimism that her high-profile engagements at the Sixty-First session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) will help Zambia mobilise resources for women and girls’ empowerment.

Mrs. Lungu – who is a strong advocate for women empowerment, safe motherhood, protection of the girl child, promotion of rights for persons with disabilities and fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) – was speaking to Zambian journalists covering the Commission on the Status of Women that will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

“Zambia’s participation at the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women is of great importance in the sense that I take it to be an exchange programme of ideas springing from the international community where we shall have the involvement and participation of high profile personalities and people from countries from around the world,” Mrs. Lungu said.

She said CSW was significant to Zambia and that the country would utlise the platform to highlight the milestones it has achieved in the protection and promotion of the welfare of women.

“Our cooperating partners would also want to hear the challenges that we are facing in our quest to provide protection and promotion of our women and children’s welfare,” Mrs Lungu said. “As we are here, me as First Lady I should lobby and mobilise resources from our cooperating partners including the UN agencies that are already in good books with us, but upon receiving our report on how much we have done, it should encourage them to do much more.”

She said the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust act as one of the vehicles for the line ministries to use in delivering services to the people of Zambia, especially the less privileged.

“We want to make sure that our girl children receive empowerment – education, good health – and our women also need economic empowerment because they are the people who have a lot of responsibilities in these households,” said Mrs. Lungu. “Empowering women means the children will grow up in decent environment, they will receive the education that they need and in the end they will be independent citizens who are going to contribute towards the economic growth of our country.”

The First Lady will participate in the largest annual women’s gathering, which draws hundreds of participants from Government Ministers and officials, First Ladies, princesses, policy makers and implementers, heads of UN agencies and other international organizations, donor agencies, civil society organizations, corporate executives, women’s movement, celebrities, human rights activists and other stakeholders from across the world.

Gender Minister Honourable Victoria Kalima, MP for Kasenengwe, will lead the Zambian delegation to the Sixty-First session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The priority theme for CSW61 is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the Review theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session) while emerging issue and focus area will be “the empowerment of indigenous women”.

Zambia has won international respect for its advocacy and implementation of policies and programmes that protect and promote the wellbeing of women and girls.

Zambia UN Mission diplomatic Staff welcoming the First Lady Mrs. Esther Lungu to New York on Saturday 11 March, 2017. The First Lady is in New York to participate in the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). Photo | Chibaula D. Silwamba | Zambia UN Mission
Zambia UN Mission diplomatic Staff welcoming the First Lady Mrs. Esther Lungu to New York on Saturday 11 March, 2017. The First Lady is in New York to participate in the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). Photo | Chibaula D. Silwamba | Zambia UN Mission

Zambia UN Mission diplomatic Staff welcoming the First Lady Mrs. Esther Lungu to New York on Saturday 11 March, 2017. The First Lady is in New York to participate in the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). Photo | Chibaula D. Silwamba | Zambia UN Mission
Zambia UN Mission diplomatic Staff welcoming the First Lady Mrs. Esther Lungu to New York on Saturday 11 March, 2017. The First Lady is in New York to participate in the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). Photo | Chibaula D. Silwamba | Zambia UN Mission

32 COMMENTS

  1. Mother of the country let the haters cry out loud. Start crying out and punishing yourselves for your hate. Way to go first lady.

    • Esther is the First Lady of Zambia, Her husband Edgar is the President.

      HH and Mutinta are haters who will never go to UN to speak on behalf of Zambia, bye!

    • You call yourself “princess” yet you dont talk sense.
      This couple is a fraud, what influence has she got in the world? How’s this trip going to benefit Zambia? How has the Zambian women and children benefited from her husbands rule so far?
      Be objective! Stop clapping for everything! Think before clapping. You are over defensive, give us a report of achievements and work in progress, especially on the economy since they have money to waste on trips.

  2. JUST WASTING PUBLIC CASH, THAT COULD BE USED TO DEVELOP THE NATION, & LESSEN WOMEN IN POVERTY!!
    P.F undressed a woman in public, & Shot dead another BUT because they were from the opposition, this all of the sudden opportunistic ‘Champion of the Women” said fcuk all.
    CONTINUE EATING & WASTING TAXPAYERS CASH ON YOUR LUXURIOUS TOURISM, as the opportunity was never there in Jack -Chawama, & will one day come to an end.

  3. Even the wife of Zambia ambassador to America would have represented Zambia at that irrelevant summit. Why wasting tax payers money on Esther going there to speak broken English while Zambians starve

  4. Last time she attended that women’s summit she was asked by a fellow first lady to kindly put the salad back in the fridge. This woman picked the cooking oil and placed it in fridge to the surprise of all the first ladies

  5. The old lady has left now Lazy can invite Maggie, Dora, all young secretaries to overnight prayer meeting!

  6. The old lady has left now Lazy can invite Maggie, Dora, all young secretaries to overnight prayer meeting!

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