FIRST Lady Esther Lungu says strong families are a foundation of vibrant communities in society and has implored women to be prayerful as the country goes to the polls.
Ms Lungu said that strong families make stable communities with high moral values that help prevent vices such as immorality, child marriage and gender based violence.
She said this yesterday after launching the national Anglican 80 years of Mothers’ Union existence in Zambia whose theme was, “Celebrating 80 years of spiritual growth and impacting communities with holistic programmes”.
The First Lady encouraged women to be role models of peace and to remain prayerful even as the nation goes to the polls on August 11, 2016 stating that it was women, girls and children that suffer the most in times of strife.
“Mothers let us be role models of peace; it is women, girls and children that suffer the most in times of strife. As we go into the election period, let us remain prayerful as a nation. May God guide and lead us,” she said.
Ms Lungu thanked the Anglican Church for its work that was supplementing Government’s effort through various projects around the country such as supporting orphans, youth empowerment, counselling as well as skills training to uplifting the livelihoods of the underprivileged in society.
She said that time was ripe for women to stand up and be counted as key partners in the development process and that they should rise above obstacles that hinder them to achieve their goals.
“Fellow women the time is now ripe for us to stand up and be counted as responsible citizens who can add value to our beloved country.
‘‘Women can rise above obstacles that hinder their desire to thrive and be counted as key partners in the development process,” she said.
Ms Lungu said that the Mothers Union is a worldwide organisation that was founded by Ms Mary Sumner in 1976 and that her work speaks volumes of her vision to help mothers and children to ensure that they were brought up in the teachings of Christ and that her teachings remain relevant even today.
Earlier, there was a march past from of Anglican women from Chaisa filling station to the OYDC.
Mothers’ Union worldwide president Lynne Tembey urged women to use their gifts effectively for the benefit of their communities and be sources of hope.
And Anglican bishop of Central Africa Albert Chama’s wife said that Ms Lungu was a true Christian who was using her status to help women and the girl child realise their dream.
Ms Chama said that women were encouraged each time they saw Ms Lungu go about her work helping the underprivileged in society and being an advocate against child marriage.