First Lady urges celebration of 1995 Beijing Declaration
Kasama, March 5, 2015, ZANIS–First Lady Esther Lungu says there is
need to celebrate the many achievements that have been made since the
1995 Beijing Declaration in China.
The First Lady says this is against the background of the forthcoming
International Women’s Day that will be celebrated on Sunday, March 8
under the theme "Gender is my Agenda: Make it Happen" .
ZANIS reports that Mrs Lungu has observed that the achievements scored
since the Beijing Declaration of 1995 include increases access to
quality education by more girls across the globe while nationally
Zambia has the first ever female Republican Vice President who she
said she was proud of.
The First Lady was speaking at a fundraising dinner dance last night
in Kasama for the International Women’s Day celebrations where she
also interacted with the residents and raised K6,000.00 cash from
those in attendance.
Mrs. Lungu, who was elegantly dressed in a blue suit, arrived at the
function just before 21:00 hours accompanied by former First Lady Vera
Tembo Chiluba and some ministers’ spouses.
During the fundraising dinner held at Lunzuwa Gardens in Kasama, the
First Lady took time to pass around a basket seeking donations and
pledges from guests who sat around an estimated 20 tables.
The First Lady who donated K10,000 managed to collect over K6,000 in
cash as she interacted with the locals – the funds are meant to go
towards the women’s’ celebrations.
She said the 2015 Women’s Day celebrations dubbed ‘Gender is my
Agenda’ is important for everyone to remind themselves of the core
focus areas of the programmes of action which include women and
poverty, women and the environment, women in power and decision
making, the girl child and women and the economy.
Others are human rights issues, women education and training, violence
against women, institutional mechanisms for advancement of women,
women and health and women and the media.
And Northern Province minister Freedom Sikazwe said women must remain
strong and ensure that they support the party and the government of
He also donated K1 000 towards the opening of the dance floor for the
The First Lady, who has since left for Lusaka aboard a Zambia Air Force
plane, urged women to continue working hard.