Chieftainess Mweenda of the Tonga speaking people of Chikankanta district has called on women in her area to rise up and speak against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.
Chieftainess Mweenda noted that women and girls are the most vulnerable ones in society hence the need to speak against the vice.
She was speaking when she officiated at this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations in Chikankanta district today.
The chieftainess has since called on government to uplift the standards of living of women and girls in her area whom she described as the vulnerable ones.
She also thanked government for recognising the day as a holiday.
“This is the day to reflect on the progress that has been made by women in the country,” the chieftainess said.
She advised women to desist from gossiping but that they should focus on issues of national development.
The Chieftainess said that the violence that is taking place in this country should not be happening in this century if the women could rise and speak against it.
Meanwhile, the traditional leader has honoured Kahumbu Hakachina for being awarded with the medal of Reebok Human Rights in 2002 in USA.
She noted that Kahumbu is the first African woman to be awarded with such a medal.
She called on all women and girls in her chiefdom to emulate Kahumbu and make her their role model in fighting for women and children’s rights in the country.
And speaking earlier Mwazetuba Ward Councillor of Chikankanta Constituency Conrad Ngoma called on government to uplift the standards of living of women in the area by accepting their business proposals.
Mr Ngoma noted that women and girls are most vulnerable in society hence the need for government to seriously look at their issues.
He has also advised women to desist from being used as brooms by political parties.
Mr Ngoma however challenged women to remain united in the country if they are to be recognised even more