GENDER MINISTER SAYS GENDER DEVELOPMENT IN ZAMBIA ON COURSE
From Rosaria Lubumbashi in New Delhi, India
March 16, 2013, ZANIS ………Gender and Development Minister Inonge Wina has described Zambia’s participation in the 9th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership as a positive step for gender development in the country.
Ms Wina says Zambia’s presence at the 9th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership shows Government’s confidence, commitment and support in pushing forward the agenda on women empowerment.
ZANIS reports from India that the Gender Minister said this in an interview at Indira Gandhi International Airport when she arrived as advance party ahead of the 9th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership, which begins tomorrow in India’s capital city, New Delhi.
Ms Wina also noted that the meeting will be an opportunity for Zambia to draw business linkages between the two countries so as to realise the potential in women thereby improving, promoting and strengthening their role in development.
In complimenting her remarks over the realization of women’s potential, the Ms. Wina cited Rwanda as one such country which is also making a distinct difference in promoting the welfare of women vis-à-vis national development.
She observed that women in Rwanda have outnumbered men in areas of decision making, running the local councils as well as carrying out judicial functions.
The Gender Minister further said that some countries have realised that national development calls for women’s participation in increasing and improving standards of living for the majority.
And as Zambia celebrated the International Women’s Day under the theme Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum, Ms Wina was glad to state that gender matters are Government’s priority.
She explained that the gender agenda is indeed gaining momentum as some changes are taking place in various economic sectors involving the women folk in the country.
Ms Wina’s is hopeful that the 9th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership will be value addition in solving the many challenges facing gender issues today.
She added that considering the participation of the private sector, it is promising that gender development in Zambia is gaining its platform.