Women in Zambia have appealed to the PF government to release the final draft constitution and prepare the way for national referendum as the only mode of adopting the new law.
Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) board chairperson Beatrice Grillo said customary laws have continued to undermine women’s legal rights.
She said government should use this golden jubilee year to give Zambians the gift of a people-driven constitution through a referendum.
“It will indeed be folly to see this process stalled especially by a government that promised to deliver a progressive constitution to the people of Zambia.
To give meaning to this year’s theme: ‘inspiring change: celebrating God’s favour on 50 years of women’s excellent achievement’, the PF government must give the Zambian people their constitution now!” she said.Grillo said women representation in decision-making positions has come a long way, but that there was still so much to be done looking at the number of women cabinet ministers and women in other influential positions. “Today, women are standing shoulder to shoulder with men in moving the country forward, yet a lot more still needs to be done to increase the participation of women in decision making and leadership at all levels. And the NGOCC board chairperson said the International Women’s Day was an occasion for reflecting on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.