The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) says the appointment of more women in Cabinet by President Edgar Lungu is a huge step towards fulfilling the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender.
YWCA National President Lucy Masiye-Lungu said the appointment of more women in Cabinet and in other key positions of decision making will accelerate the attainment of the SADC Protocol on Gender of 50-50 in the region.
ZANIS reports that Mrs. Masiye-Lungu implored President Lungu to further consider appointing more women as Permanent Secretaries and District Commissioners.
The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) who praised President Edgar Lungu for appointing more women in his Cabinet said the appointment of five women in Cabinet would greatly contribute to national development.
Mrs. Masiye-Lungu was commenting on the appointment of Christabel Ng’imbu as Lands Minister, Emerine Kabanshi as Community Development, Mother and Child Heath.
The rest are Margaret Mwanakatwe as Commerce, Trade and Industry, Prof. Nkandu Luo as Gender and Child Development and Jean Kapata as Tourism and Arts Minister.
President Lungu also appointed Inonge Wina as first female Republican Vice President and outgoing Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson, Justice Ireen Mambilima as Chief Justice.
“ The appointment of five females as Cabinet Ministers and other senior government officials is a right step towards the attainment of SADC Protocol on Gender of 50-50”, Mrs. Masiye-Lungu said.
She observed that President Lungu has shown great leadership qualities for identifying women as partners in national development.
“The Head of State has shown great considering for realizing that women can also directly contribute to national development by serving in different capacities”, she added.
Mrs. Masiye-Lungu is hopeful that more women would be appointed to serve in various key decision making positions based on their capabilities.
She urged womenfolk in the country to rise to the occasion by making themselves available to serve in other capacities.