Solwezi women join celebrations of their day

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Solwezi women join celebrations of their day


Solwezi, March 8, ZANIS —–Women in Solwezi turned up in large numbers to participate in commemorating the International Women’s Day which is observed worldwide today to raise awareness on the rights of women.


The women drawn from the public and private sector marched five kilometres from Yamilicious Bakery to Youth Alive sports ground where entertainment was performed and speeches read.


Only women from the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and United Party for National Development (UPND) shunned the occasion, while women from opposition UNIP their colleagues from the ruling PF clad in their colourful party dress joined  the celebrations. 


Minister of Works and Supply Christopher Yaluma graced the occasion as guest of honour.


Mr Yaluma said the theme ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum’ for this year’s event is relevant to Zambia because it reflects the strides the country has made over the years in promoting gender equality.  


He said the theme also recognizes efforts the country has put in place at national, provincial and district levels to end violence against women as well as share innovations aimed at delivering commitments in promoting rights of women and girls.


The minister said the coming into power of the Patriotic Front government has accelerated the promotion of gender equality and participation of women in decision making.


He said Zambians boasts to be among a few countries in the world that have appointed a woman to head the police in the case of Stella Libongani as Inspector General of Zambia Police.


And speaking at the same occasion North Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said women play a crucial role in unity and national building.


Mr Mubukwanu said there is need for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to address the challenges that women face so that they can contribute to national development.


And NGOCC North Western Provincial Coordinator Charity Mwansa said her organisation is happy with the draft constitution because it is taking care of most women rights which were ignored in the previous constitutions.


Ms Mwansa also said that NGOCC will remain engaged and participate in the process of drafting the constitution and appealed to government to constitute a national referendum for the adoption of a new constitution.