WE are pleased that President Lungu has hinted that his running mate will be a woman and we hope to see him continue to be a champion of gender equity in Africa, says NGOCC board chairperson Sarah Longwe.
She said yesterday that NGOCC was pleased with the announcement and she hoped to see it to fruition as that would lift the Zambian flag high on the continent.
“As NGOCC we are pleased with that announcement as you know Zambia is a signatory to gender equity protocol at both SADC as well as the African Union.
We only hope the President will not turn back on this decision, he should continue to walk on this path as a champion of gender equity in Africa,” she said. Ms Longwe implored President Lungu to continue on the path of promoting gender equity as the large population consisted of women and that they have continued to suffer injustice as they are not fully involved in the decision making process.
She said President Lungu has been recognised on the continent for his cause on gender such as when the United Nations appointed him as the promoter for the He For She campaign.
However, Ms Longwe bemoaned that women have continued to lag, especially in the area of running (businesses) enterprises due to financial constraints and lack of funding as they do not far women.
“You see the woman washes clothes and does almost all of the house chores but she is not trusted to run other affairs such as to even run a business,” she said.
Ms Longwe called for more women appointments in positions of influence and leadership for them to fully participate in the decision making process.