SARA Longwe delivering her speech.
SARA Longwe

Gender Expert Sara Longwe says time has come for political parties, private and public organisations to be taken to court if they sideline women.

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, MS. Longwe said the Zambian constitution in article 259 (b) clearly that’s that 50 percent of each gender is nominated or appointed from the total available positions.

Ms. Longwe, who is the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Board Chairperson, said erring organizations as well as political parties included will now face the wrath of the law for discriminating women.

“We will soon start taking political parties, private, public parastatal organisations to court for marginalizing women,” she said.

She added that, women are systematically blocked from rights, opportunities and resources resulting in vulnerability which must be recognized as a structural tool of discrimination and exploitation in the country.

Ms. Longwe notes that the Zambian society is still bias towards the male which continues to disproportionately access various services and benefits.

She said efforts to change the status of the Zambian women have continued to be frustrated by a number of legal impediments, inadequate political will, insufficient resources, poverty, HIV and AIDS and maternal mortality.

The Gender activist however, commended political parties, public and private institutions in the country that have recognized and appointed women to be at the helm of decision making positions.

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  1. Tell HH to let his MPs to be formulating relevant laws like the one you are insinuating instead of wasting our time on personal agenda and ego of moving the useless and impractical impeachment motion. Why dont you NGOs become relevant for once by being to the point and specific? Come out and condemn HH and UPND for distracting the development agenda of Government which eventually affect women more.

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  2. Ba Sara, how about mistreatment of men by women? Isn’t that equally reprehensible, Madam Longwe? I know one of one single young man – a beautiful soul, if ever there was one – well – educated with lots of money on him, generous and kind, but who fell victim to one crooked female UNZA graduate. He paid her fees and made her life very comfortable at UNZA. But she abandoned him when he made a marriage proposal to her after her graduation on the grounds that he belonged to a different church and that he was too old for her. But as karma would have it, this young female UNZA graduate never fared very well thereafter. Her current husband is damaged goods. In the meantime, the man she abandoned has prospered even more and now found a lovely long –life partner. Now Madam Longwe, is it only men…

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  3. Ba Sara, how about mistreatment of men by women? Isn’t that equally reprehensible? I know one of one single young man – a beautiful soul, if ever there was one – well – educated with lots of money on him, generous and kind, but who fell victim to one crooked female UNZA graduate. He paid her fees and made her life very comfortable at UNZA. But she abandoned him when he made a marriage proposal to her after her graduation on the grounds that he belonged to a different church and that he was too old for her. But as karma would have it, this young female UNZA graduate never fared very well thereafter. Her current husband is damaged goods. In the meantime, the man she abandoned has prospered even more and now found a lovely long –life partner. Now Madam Longwe, is it only men who abuse…

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  4. @ Malinso: HH has given you a chronic headache. If you don’t talk about HH you fell to sleep: You must be a demonically possessed person. You may not know that demons are in you unless the spirit of God reals and this under obedience. Repent in you life. Hatred is a sin my brother. Start going to church and find salvation in total through Jesus Christ who created HH.

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