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President Hichilema Champions Women’s Empowerment on International Women’s Day

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President Hakainde Hichilema marked International Women’s Day in Livingstone, emphasizing the critical importance of investing in women as a strategic pathway to national development. Themed “Invest in Women and Girls: Accelerate Progress,” the occasion served as a platform to celebrate women’s achievements, advocate for their well-being, and foster their advancement in various sectors.

President Hichilema underscored the imperative of investing in women, affirming that it transcends mere moral obligation or human rights concerns—it is a strategic imperative for accelerating overall national development. Addressing the gender gap and nurturing the next generation of women leaders lies at the heart of this investment, he emphasized.

Acknowledging the historical barriers that hindered women’s participation in decision-making roles, especially in politics, President Hichilema pledged to foster a conducive environment for women’s advancement. He announced plans to host women’s groups quarterly at State House to facilitate dialogue and idea-sharing, recognizing the invaluable contributions of women to governance and development.

While lauding the government’s strides in empowering women, President Hichilema emphasized the ongoing need for sustained efforts to further enhance the livelihoods and opportunities of women, particularly in rural areas. He directed local authorities to utilize the Constituency Development Fund to improve access to water, thereby relieving women from the burden of long-distance water fetching.

Additionally, President Hichilema affirmed the government’s commitment to bolstering healthcare services, including the construction of maternity annexes and ensuring access to running water at all health facilities. These initiatives aim to enhance women’s health and well-being across the country.

In tandem with the government’s efforts, Grace Sinkamba, Chairperson of the Non-Government Gender Organizations Coordinating Council, commended the strides made in promoting gender equality through the appointment of women to high-level decision-making positions. However, she also highlighted the persisting challenges regarding women’s representation in such roles.

Echoing the call for increased investment in ending violence against women, Beatrice Mutali, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to supporting women empowerment programs in Zambia. Southern Province Minister Credo Nanjuwa praised the New Dawn Government’s empowerment programs, noting their positive impact on women in the province.

12 COMMENTS

  1. What he says and his actions don’t tally. In Zambia today it’s like we don’t have a First Lady, we don’t have a Vice President and just how many women do we have in Cabinet? Maybe 2 in Brenda Tambatamba and Doreen Mwamba

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  2. Just look at his face and it says it all. The kid does not even want to look at his deceitful face. By the time these holidays are over mealie meal will be at k400, dollar at k29 and loadshedding would have kicked in full swing. 8 hours of load shedding in March. How many hours will it be in October. If you want to insult me as praise singer, do it on Friday 15th if my figures will be wrong.

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      Just work hard badala……..

      Zambians are making the most out of the peacefull prevelling climate………

      Times of brown envelopes and slush funds are gone, for……….

      The good if society at large

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  3. On International Women’s Day, President Hichilema of Zambia took a significant stance by championing women’s empowerment in the country. This act highlights the importance of recognizing and supporting the pivotal role women play in society. However, as we celebrate this progress, it is crucial to acknowledge the complex interplay between historical contexts, societal norms, and government influence.

  4. In many societies, including pre-colonial Zambia, there existed matriarchal systems where women held significant power and authority. These historical legacies offer valuable insights into alternative forms of social organization that challenge conventional norms. By addressing these historical realities, we can better understand the roots of gender dynamics and work towards creating a more equitable society.

  5. Moreover, the pervasive influence of the government in people’s lives often obscures discussions on crucial issues such as arbitrary borders and historical injustices. It is essential to confront these challenges head-on and not shy away from uncomfortable truths. By acknowledging the impact of government policies and interventions on women’s empowerment, we can strive for more inclusive and sustainable progress.

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  6. As we reflect on President Hichilema’s advocacy for women’s empowerment, let us heed the call to engage with history and society with a critical eye. By embracing matriarchal traditions, challenging political structures, and fostering dialogue on gender equality, we can pave the way for a more just and equitable future for all.

  7. The number of women in politics is low because of the violence unleashed on the population during the Lungu years. Most women did not want to be part of such notoriety, it was unsafe for them.
    Women would come back to politics because of the civility and peaceful nature being introduced by the current president.

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