The Centre for Young Leaders in Africa (CYLA) has called on young women in the country to fight for political space.
Speaking during a capacity building workshop for women youths from various political parties, CYLA Executive Director Jones Mulunga said it was high time that women fought for positions in decision making posts as opposed to waiting to be given.
Mr Mulunga said women should not accept being given positions freely because free things don’t last.
He said women should embrace competition as that is the only way they will gain political power.
He noted that men will never give up power easily hence the need for women to come together and fight for a common agenda of ensuring that their participation in leadership was at par with men.
He urged the women in the country to stop fighting each other but embrace the idea that they can work together for the good of the country.
He explained that what has made few women to participate in politics and leadership was the fact that women were not embracing each other once they ascend to power.
And another facilitator Robinson Chipili who is the Director of Programs for CYLA said jealousy and name calling was a big hindrance to the full participation of women in politics.
Mr Chipili noted that women are scared of joining politics because they fear being labelled as prostitutes.
He noted due to jealousy women do not support each other when one of their own is on top but instead concentrate on trying to bring them down.
The workshop was attended by women youths from among other parties NAREP, UPND, UNIP, FDD, PF and MMD others were ADD, Rainbow Party and the Greens