There can be no meaningful development without equal participation of women in national development, MMD president Never Mumba has said.
And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said this year’s women day is wholeheartedly supported because it recognizes the importance of women’s rights and acknowledges their achievements, contributions and unlimited value.
Dr Mumba said the commemoration of Women’s Day was clear indication that the womenfolk were an important factor in uplifting the living standards of the people in various sectors of society and communities.
He said the 2016 International Women’s Day theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for gender equality” was a great day for women not only as mothers but equal partners in the developmental processes of this country.
“There is no way the nation and the world at large would attain any single meaningful development if women are left behind.
“There is no record world over of meaningful development without equal participation of women,” Dr Mumba said.
And Mr Hichilema said International Women’s Day was not just for celebrating the important role women played in the societies, but also a chance to reflect on the work that has yet to be done and the struggles that many women and girls faced daily around the world.
“For the UPND, today is a chance to evaluate how well Zambia has done and how much we still need to do, for several years now the 8th of March has been set-aside for us to recognize the importance of women’s rights and to acknowledge their achievements,” he said