—-Kalulushi District Commissioner Kampamba Mulenga says government is aware of the many challenges that women face in social and economic development.
Ms Mulenga who officiated at the International Women’s Day under the theme "Gender Agenda Gaining Momentum" held at Kalulushi Secondary School said there was need to reverse trends that disadvantage women in all sectors by stakeholders acting together to uplift the status of the women folk.
The District Commissioner said social and economic development could not be achieved without the active and effective participation of women at all levels.
She further said that the coming of the Patriotic Front government had scored so much success in various sectors of the economy in that it had accelerated the promotion of gender equality and participation of women in decision making.
Ms Mulenga said Zambia today could boost of being among the top countries in the world to have appointed the first female Inspector General of Police which was a land mark achievement that would remain in the history of books as one of the accomplishments of the PF government.
She said in the judiciary and other institutions, more women have been appointed to oversee decision making at the highest level hence the reason for the celebration.
Ms Mulenga also said women should remain vigilant so that the momentum they have gained so far should not be lost by became complacent in their actions and service delivery.
Ms Mulenga expressed happiness at the women economic empowerment under the gender ministry which had been disbursed funds based on the local needs of people instead of giving hammer mills irrespective of the needs of women at local level.
Speaking earlier, Chairperson for women committee Misozi Mwenya said the agenda women have today had to ensure women were given equal opportunities as men in all sectors of society.
Mrs Mwenya said women would like to see gender mainstreaming in all institutions and gender issues to receive due attention.
She said government had made progress in balancing gender but women still felt that it was not enough and that more need to be done so that women could participate actively and contribute to national development.