THE theme for this year’s International Women’s Day; pledging for parity”, should translate into more women participating in the August 11 general election, says the Zambia Women Association coordinator Dorothy Phiri.
She said the participation of more women in decision process would accelerate development in the country.
Ms Phiri urged more women to take part in the general election if gender equality was to be realized.
“The participation of women in decision making positions is central to economic development, and I want to urge more women to take advantage of this year’s election so that their presence is felt,” she said.
Ms Phiri said the under-representation of women in decision-making structures was one of the issues currently facing the country.
He said President Lungu had shown leadership in ensuring that more women were given leadership positions.
Ms Phiri said Zambia had of late witnessed a progressive increase in the participation of women in decision-making positions under the leadership of Mr Lungu.
She said the negative attitudes against women in all facets of administration should be eradicated to ensure that the disproportionate representation of women was taken care of within the national laws and policies.
Ms Phiri however urged women countrywide to give support to women who sacrificed for the betterment of Zambia, and that all parliamentary women should be supported to safeguard the participation of more women in decision-making processes.
She said women had greatly contributed to the emancipation of societies and had continued to lead in peace efforts and the maintenance of unity in countries and communities where they live.
Ms Phiri said it was impossible to have genuine leaders without the full participation of women both as voters and elected leaders.
“The Zambian people must do everything possible to ensure that there was not only equal representation but also genuine and deliberate efforts to ensure that areas where women were underrepresented, corrective action was taken to increase representation,” she said.