THE Constitution calls for equal opportunities for both men and women and the act of adopting women in political parties will ensure gender equity, equality and integration of both sexes in society, says People’s Party (PP) president Mike Mulongoti.

“Women being adopted in elections is a good because the constitution states that if a man is on top then a woman should be the deputy or vice versa,’’ he said.  Mr Mulongoti said if women have the qualification and the ability to contest an election, they should be given a chance.

Meanwhile, Orange Alliance party chairman Charles Maboshe said gender equity and equality is a cross cutting issue in all spheres of life.

He said women should be given higher positions in political parties which would provide development opportunities for both men and women.

“As Orange Alliance we are fighting for women by giving them a 40 percent stand in our party,’’ Mr Maboshe said.

This follows the Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL)’s support to President Edgar Lungu who has announced that he would adopt women as his running mate. (ZNWL) executive director Juliet Chibuta said opposition parties should ensure they adopted more women in this year’s election.

“I hope the President’s decision will be emulated that women should make themselves available and capable of handling these positions,’’ she said.

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