The Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council has condemned the unruly behaviour by some University of Zambia students who attacked and abused Information Minister, Dora Siliya during the funeral service of the late Vespers Shimuzhila.
Ms. Siliya, who is also Chief Government Spokesperson, was on Monday, insulted and abused by some unruly students who hurled unpalatables at her during Shimuzhila’s funeral service at UNZA SDA Church on Katima Mulilo Road.
This was after Ms. Siliya accused some students of having caused the death of Vespers Shimuzhila when they started the riots on Thursday night.
NGOCC Executive Director Engwase Mwale said the unreasonable conduct of the students was not only disrespectful to the Minister but also very demeaning to women’s leadership.
“The sexist insults against Honourable Siliya go further to reinforce the entrenched patriarchy that systematically discriminates and discourages women from participating in various decision making positions. This trend is also prevalent on social media where we continuously witness many women being subjected to cyber bullying”. Mrs. Mwale has said.
She added that over the years, NGOCC has been concerned with the low numbers of women in decision making and such conduct by youths, and university students for that matter, only go to further demoralise even the few women leaders.
“We therefore call upon the student populace and society at large to support Zambia’s cause for women’s in leadership”. She added
Mrs. Mwale said the death of Vespers is without doubt painful but has urged Zambians to remain calm as the security urgencies investigate the matter to its logical conclusion further urging government to expedite the inquest on the matter.