The Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Council (NGOCC) says it is conducting leadership training for women aspiring for various political offices in this year’s elections.

NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said the council had rolled out a programme which has been running in five provinces to train women.

She said women across society were being trained on leadership, policy analysis and public relations among others.

“We are building their capacity in public speaking, leadership and linking the women with the media. We are also organising women development dialogue forum where we are encouraging sharing and exchanging of information among women,” Ms Mwale said.

She said the idea of the programme was to adequately prepare women to take over leadership positions and help in raising Zambia’s women leadership profile in decision making positions.

Ms Mwale disclosed that political parties were responding overwhelmingly to the programme.

She said many political parties had been sending their women members to the programme and that provinces such as Copperbelt recorded a 100 percent attendance of political parties.

And Ms Mwale has appealed to women across sectors to take advantage of the  training opportunity.

“Even those who do not belong to political parties and may be standing as independent candidates are encouraged to come forward,”  she said

Ms Mwale  noted that Zambia has not been doing well in having women leaders in decision making positions.

She said there was need to improve on this because leadership was not a preserve of men.

Ms Mwale called on the public to exercise their right to vote by turning up in numbers and participate in the electoral process.

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