Women cooperatives to be strengthened

File:Minister of Gender Elizabeth Phiri and NATSAVE Chief Executive Officer Mukwandi Chibesakunda admiring the merchandise during the Lionesses of Africa breakfast

The government says it targets to see all empowered women co-operatives in the country become viable and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Minister of Gender Elizabeth Phiri says the empowerment of women co-operatives in Eastern Province is meant to help reduce poverty which one of the major factors contributing to gender based violence.

“President Edgar Lungu wants to see to it that women in Eastern Province and the country as whole are empowered as a way of reducing poverty at domestic level and ending early marriages,” she said.

She says early marriages are rife in Eastern Province and other rural areas mostly due to poverty and would reduce if women and girls are economically empowered.

The Minister of Gender was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Permanent Veronica Mwiche.

“As Government, we believe that the empowerment of women in the country will make our women to be able to stand up economically and contribute to the national development of the country as well as support their families,” she said.

Mrs Phiri says she is in the Eastern Province to distribute agriculture production and value addition equipment to Women-led cooperatives in Lumwezi, Chipangali, Vubwi, Sinda, Petauke and Nyimba.

Ms Phiri said the agriculture equipment to be donated are nine maize shellers,15 treble pumps, three rice mills, nine oil expellers,12 electric peanut butter making machines, irrigation sets, five egg incubators, one electric hammer mill,100 double deck beehives , 10 swam boxes and 2 honey pressers.

She said through the donation of the agriculture equipment to women co-operatives, Government wants to see women in Eastern Province become effectively productive.

And Ms Mwiche said the donation of the agriculture equipment to women co-operatives will actualize the Government gender policy.

She says the donation will adequately help to liberate the women in Eastern Province from the crutches of poverty.

Ms Mwiche assured the Minister that her office will closely monitor how the women co-operatives will be working with the donated agriculture equipment to ensure the intended impact is realised.


  1. Someone, please show this to Hichilema, appointing women to the party doesn’t mean empowerment. He needs to work like President Lungu to uplift their lives.

  2. President Lungu is a kind-hearted man and knows the importance of women empowerment for the country’s development

  3. Gender-based violence is decreasing in the country because the majority of women are empowered. They are no more dependent as they are now working hard and earning money like men.

  4. Many women have made the country proud through their achievements. All thanks to President Lungu for providing the needed platform to the talented women.

  5. Only President Lungu and his government have the capabilities to uplift the lives of millions of Zambians, unlike HH who has zero plans or vision for the nation.

  6. We must praise President Lungu for his continuous efforts to promote women’s empowerment and to stop gender-based violence across the country.

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