Govt. committed to fulfill its pre-election campaign promises – Limata
Mkushi, July 03, 2013, ZANIS— Government says it will not relent in fulfilling its pre-elections campaign promises of reducing the nationwide amongst women in rural areas.
Gender and Child Development Deputy minister Josephine Limata says that this was because the PF government did not want women to becomes beggars and drunkards, among other social ills.
Ms. Limata explained that it was for this reason that government has set aside funds to empower women clubs for income generation activities under her ministry.
She said the empowerment funds were for free, adding that the onus was now on the women clubs to hasten in completing the application procedures.
She said that Government acknowledged the important role that women played in the wellbeing of households as well as in raising children.
The Deputy minister also said her ministry was also following up matters pertaining Children Rights very closely.
She said that child abuse, defilement and early marriages were amongst the negatives that negatives that Government was aiming to curb.
Hon. Limata said that in view of this, there was need for women to take a leading role in helping to address these scourges by reporting the suspected cases to Police.
She pointed out that Laws that aimed at protecting the Right of the Child were not directed at male offenders alone, adding that the Law would be applied to both men and women who had been found guilty of committing these offences.
She also warned school Managers that the PF Government had outlawed the beating of pupils by Teachers, saying that there was need for Teachers to apply alternative means of punishing pupils
Women Mkushi District, have cited lack of access to business capital and survival skills as being amongst the pertinent challenges that affect them.
The women through their respective clubs presented their grievances to Gender and Child Development deputy minister Josephine Limata , yesterday.
The women clubs are in Lweo, Masansa and Makolongo areas, respectively.
Prior to the visit to Makolongo, Lweo and Masansa, the Deputy Minister had visited women clubs in other parts of Mkushi District.
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