WOMEN must be competitive and show determination as they vie for higher positions in the political and corporate arena, especially that they are receiving adequate support from the Government, says gender activist Ivy Chimuka.
Ms Chimuka said it was time women stood up to take advantage of the situation because they were game changers and capable partners in national development.
She urged women to raise their voices by supporting efforts to help them and contribute to the development of the country through participating in various activities aimed at improving their welfare.
“We want women to come strongly and be competitive as they are supported to take part in higher positions, and we must support each other for a developed nation,” she said.
Ms Chimuka said President Edgar Lungu had directed some ministries to actualize the Gender Equality Commission in the amended Constitution to provide enforcement mechanism for achieving gender equality, saying it could only be a reality if women themselves were willing to take part in the decision making process.
She said the establishment of the Gender Equality Commission was a step in the right direction in the enforcement mechanism for achieving gender equality.
She said women had continued to play a critical role as partners in national development since independence and that the world was a better place to live in when men and women worked together.
“Government is doing its best to promote equity and gender, and this must be taken seriously, and therefore I am urging women to raise their voice so that they are heard, because their cries will always be realized,” she said.
Ms Chimuka said it was time women fought for their rights so that the 40 percent inclusion of women came to reality, adding that Africa at large hinged on its ability to find resources to benefit women in the communities.
She said Zambia had of late witnessed a progressive increase in the participation of women in decision-making positions, saying when women were placed in leadership responsibilities they were capable of correcting the wrongs in governance.