President Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina pose for a photo with new Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri at State House
President Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina pose for a photo with new Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri at State House

President Edgar Lungu has prodded newly appointed Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri to address early marriages.

Speaking when he swore in Mrs Phiri as new Gender Minister to replace late Victoria Kalima, President Lungu said the new Minister is expected to help government to seriously address the numerous gender issues affecting men and women, boys and girls.

President Lungu said some of the gender issues include early marriages and gender based violence among others.

“I wish to congratulate Hon. Elizabeth Phiri MP on her appointment as a Cabinet Minister responsible for gender. I recognise her significant contribution to our party the Patriotic Front and also our country,” President Lungu wrote.

He added, “Her passion to serve the Zambian people at any leadership level is what earned her a position in the party’s central committee.”

President Lungu stated that Mrs Phiri’s commitment to the party and welfare of the Zambian people earned her an appointment to the diplomatic service as Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Tanzania.

Mrs Phiri who is also Kanyama Member of Parliament said time has come for the country and the World at large to recognise efforts being put in place to advance gender equality and the fight against all forms of discrimination of one gender.

The Minister has assured women in business of her commitment to expose them to local and international platforms so as to offer them opportunities to pursue the frontiers of acceptable global business standards.

She said the Ministry of Gender is perceived to favour women and girls as compared to men and boys and this has contributed to men feeling neglected in the operations of the Ministry.

Mrs Phiri said the Ministry will work towards advocating for gender mainstreaming in all the five pillars of the Seventh National Development Plan (SNDP) and provide guidelines to public and private sectors on how to mainstream gender in their operations.

She said the Ministry will engage men as champions of gender equality and provide an enabling environment for both men and women to participate in national development.

The Minister has also pledged to continue Fighting cultural beliefs which potray women to be a weaker sex than men and continue perpetuating gender inequality.

And at the same event, President Lungu conferred the status of State Counsel on former Law Association of Zambia President Stephen Lungu and Mrs Irene Mwezi Kunda, widow of late Vice President George Kunda.

And Mrs. Phiri has pledged to work towards strengthening gender equality in all spheres of society and ensure that no one is left behind in the development of the nation.

President Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina pose for a photo with new Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri at State House
President Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina pose for a photo with new Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri at State House
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10 COMMENTS

  1. Another Phiri. Why not Hamaundu or Moonga?
    Who says PF is for Bembas kanshi, do you see any Bemba in those pictures?

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    • Question: “Another Phiri. Why not Hamaundu or Moonga?”
      Answer : because there is no “Hamaundu” or “Moonga” sitting on a PF Ticket in Parliament

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  2. It all comes down to your government, what are you going to offer these people in exchange, are you just going to say, sit down and relax, watch people die of hunger or run out of ideas like you are in a 3D cinema, wake up Mr if your MPs are not working you are not exempted, empower people come up with quality leadership worthy ideas of developments.

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  3. Ba Inonge is getting younger and younger, in fact I can accept if she asked, and I can do it with honor. I am sorry mama, but just a feeling with love.
    Why can’t Ba Inonge become president since Ba Edgar DON’T qualify to stand in 2021. Then Ba Edgar can come back in 2031.

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    • @ Nostradamus stop smoking weed my boy Nostradamus! your comment is disgusting, Bo Inonge Wine is a respectable woman, who is beyond such trivial thinking you are advocating.
      I demand an apology from you a, a fooolish lozi boy without respect.

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    • @The observer, I did apologise naimwe. Everybody knows that Inonge, Joyce Nonde and Emerine Kabanshi are my best leaders, and I simply LOVE them. One of them should be president.

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  4. He added, “Her passion to serve the Zambian people at any leadership level is what earned her a position in the party’s central committee.”

    The fact that makes truth and Proof.

    The statement and believe.

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  5. At Nostradamus, Ulemu Boss niwa bwino. Honestly speaking, lets have respect for our mothers. Not such loose talk.

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  6. These people hmm.. WHY not wait for election results and appoint the winner from kasenengwa? This Elizabeth Phiri from the looks doesnt look EASTERNER The Phiri could be her Husband, wait for DR FAUSTIN BANDA TO WIN KASENENGWA to be gender minister, our lady MP has tremenous work to do in KANYAMA its a massive constituency hence better concentrate on constituency WORK. @NOTRAD FIMO FIMO Tame your ka cigarete sized item

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