WOMEN should not undermine men in the name of fighting for gender equality in their homes, says Mufulira International Women’s Day organizing committee chairperson Grace Chilekwa.
Ms Chilekwa said gender equality did not mean women claiming to have authority over men and intimidating them in homes.
She said equality meant narrowing gender gaps towards development and gender roles to be implemented.
“This gender equality we are celebrating does not mean we are claiming to have authority over men and intimidate men in our homes. No. But what we are saying is that we want gender gaps to be bridged towards development and gender roles to be implemented.
“As a nation, we are happy that gender roles are already being implemented as we can see we have a woman as republican Vice-President. We have seen how far women can go in terms of achievement towards development,” Ms Chilekwa said.
In the past, Ms Chilwekwa said, women were not recognized and were regarded as housewives.
“But we thank God, as women we are recognized, this year’s theme “Gender is my agenda, make it happen” needs both men and women to identify the gaps and fill them.
“It is only when we work together that is when gender my agenda will be achieved,” she said.
And Mufulira district commissioner (DC) Chanda Kabwe said Zambia, as a nation valued the contribution of women from 1964 to date and that was why the Patriotic Front (PF) Government of President Edgar Lungu decided to appoint a woman, Mrs Inonge Wina as Republican Vice-President.
Mr Kabwe said the PF Government would always strive to empower women economically in various ways, while at the same time ensuring that men who were in the habit of defiling girl-children faced the wrath of the law.
“We are a Government which respects women and the girl-child, hence we want to empower women economically and also protect the girl child from all forms of vices. We want a girl child to grow and contribute to national development just like our female Vice-President mama Inonge Wina is contributing to national development.
“So for you men who are in the habit of defiling young girls, you will definitely face the wrath of the law. We don’t want people to damage the lives of our young children who have the potential to contribute to national development. To such kind of men, the law will be getting firmer for them,” said Mr Kabwe.