FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba is expected to lead women on October 20 at a Jubilee conference to celebrate achievements by women as Zambia commemorates its 50 years of independence.
Dr Kaseba will share the podium with Norwegian Ambassador accredited to Zambia Arve Ofstard, among other speakers.
“The purpose of this conference is to bring together women leaders from all walks of life, and from all spheres of influence to celebrate the achievements so far, reflect on the past 50 years and help plan for women as an integral part of a better Zambia in the next 50 years,” said Conference Coordinator Beatrice Mwila.
The Convener of the conference is Overseer of The Shepherd’s Place Grace Malenga and it will be chaired by Ambassador Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika. The conference will run under the theme ‘Women influence, women lead – the quest to achieve a better Zambia in the next 50 Years’.
Ms Mwila said in a statement that after 50 years of independence, there is so much to celebrate about on progressive matters such as, peace, unity, stability, and infrastructure development.
She said there also so much to worry about and this includes poverty, unemployment, violence against women and children, crime, limited education opportunities especially for girls, and other matters hindering the development of the country.
Ms Mwila said the celebration of Zambia’s Golden Jubilee affords the Zambian woman an opportunity to bring to the fore issues and challenges to make a better Zambia.
She said it is also a year to celebrate the contributions made by Zambia’s foremothers that led the way in the struggle for independence and also helped provide leadership.
Ms Mwila said the only worry is the little or lack of female participation in leadership especially politics and Parliament.
Zambia Daily Mail