Kapyongo acknowledges women rights development in Zambia
Lusaka, March 6, ZANIS ——- Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kapyongo says the women rights in the country have progressed tremendously in different sectors of society.
Speaking to incarcerated women at Lusaka Central prisons in Lusaka today, Mr Kapyongo said there is global momentum for championing women rights in the nation which should be commended by all citizens.
Mr Kapyongo said the sensitization talk which was organised by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) was organised prior to the International Women’s Day cerebrations which falls on March 8, 2013 under the theme”, The Gender Agenda, gaining momentum”.
The Deputy Minister also donated various goods to incarcerated women at Lusaka Central state prison.
He noted that the International Women Day is an important day which marks the economic, political and social achievements of women in Zambia and world over.
He also advised incarcerated women on issues of drug trafficking, abuse and money laundering so that when they are integrated back into society after serving their jail sentences they would be able to continue educating others on the subject.
The Deputy Minister said incarcerated women in Zambian prisons contribute greatly in sharing information with others in communities in the prevention of drug related crimes.
Mr Kapyongo said drug abuse and trafficking do not only result in ill health but also contribute to the increase in cases of gender based violence, child abuse, prevalence of other crimes in communities and even the nation at large.
He further urged women inmates to reflect seriously on their lives as well as pursuing future prospects which are not in conflict with the law.