Vice President Inonge Wina says Zambia is keen to learn some of the policies Rwanda is implementing to empower women in that country.
Mrs. Wina noted that Rwanda is one of the few countries in that world that has over 50% of women in Parliament and other decision making positions which many countries should emulate.
ZANIS reports the Vice President said this when Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Esperance Nyirasafari called on her at her hotel at Radisson Blue in Kigali.
Mrs Wina said Zambia is making headway in scaling up women representation and participation in governance as evidenced by President Edgar Lungu championing the HeforShe campaign which seeks gender equality.
She said Zambia is eager to learn how Rwanda has managed to surpass other countries in ensuring gender equality by promoting women through involving them in developmental programs in the country.
She noted that Rwanda has also been a good example when it comes to women empowerment saying Zambia wants to adopt some of that country’s policies that have worked in order to add on to the current policies Zambia is using to empower its women.
And Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Esperance Nyirasafari said her country’s constitution is made in such a way that it makes mandatory that 30% of seats in parliament are reserved for women which has helped women to reach 64% in parliament.
Ms Nyirasafari said Rwanda has made deliberate policies to include women in all programs because they are the majority in the country.
She said Rwanda considers women as the backbone of development hence it has devised many empowerment programs to ensure all women are involved and benefit from them.