The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has described the speech that President Michael Sata presented to Parliament on Friday as encouraging as it has touched on the most critical national issues affecting women and children.
The ZNWL is particularly encouraged that the President has yet again shown political will by expressing interest in increasing women’s participation in decision making processes and challenging women to rise to the challenge as there is still room for them to participate in the leadership of the country.
In statement to Qfm news ZNWL National Chairperson Beauty Katebe says her organization urges President Sata to go a step further and expedite the constitutional making process so that women’s participation in decision making process is not only backed by political will, but also by the law.
She says the ZNWL is also encouraged that the President has reiterated his commitment to putting in place stringent measures to protect women and children from all forms of abuse.
Ms. Katebe says this is important because the prevalence of gender-based violence is currently unacceptable, and posing a challenge to the country%u2019s development.
She says her organization therefore applauds the Government for aligning their policies towards the reduction of poverty through among other strategies, the creation of employment for the youths by adopting an industrialization and job creation strategy that will focus on specific growth sectors such as agro-processing, manufacturing and creative industries.
Ms. Katebe says her organization feels that this will not only reduce poverty levels, but also facilitate the decline in other negative vices that are as the result of joblessness.
She says the ZNWL further feels that this policy ties in well with Governments%u2019 plans to enact the customary land administration bill which will ensure that the interests of the local people in rural areas are protected.
Ms. Katebe however notes her organization would have appreciated if the President had provided a time frame on when some important national issues like the constitutional making process and its road map would take place.
( Sunday 21st September 2014 )