———————Agriculture and Livestock Minister Given Lubinda says the fight for gender equality should not be left to women alone if the gender agenda is to happen.
Mr Lubinda said to make the gender agenda happen, men don’t need to speak for women or favour them but that the two should work alongside each other because it is beneficial to all.
He said individuals should take personal effort towards making gender equality a reality and that the championing should start in homes and institutions.
Mr Lubinda was speaking in Solwezi today when he graced this year’s International Women’s Day whose theme is: “Gender is my agenda: make it happen.”
Speaking earlier, Non-governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Provincial Liaison officer Justina Nyendwa said in order to address the challenges that women face, there is need for government to expand the bill of rights to include economic, social and cultural rights in the constitution.
Ms Nyendwa said it is for this reason that NGOCC will continue championing the enactment of the new constitution which is non-negotiable.
And organizing committee Chairperson Ireen Mileji said the appointment of women in key decision making positions was a renewed hope and provides a conducive environment for the attainment of gender equality.
During the commemoration various women were also awarded for their outstanding performances in the execution of their duties.