LIMITED resources will affect the campaign programmes of women because this year’s election will be costly, says Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group (ZNWLG) executive director Juliet Chibuta.
In an interview, Ms Chibuta said according to statistics women are among the poorest in the country especially in the rural areas.
She said the majority of women had been complaining because they could not afford the nomination fee they were required to pay at the Electoral Commission of Zambia. “They need money when filing in nomination in their party to be adopted and they also need money for campaigns, making those who don’t have money not to engage in politics,” she said.
Ms Chibuta said women would face bigger challenges due to the gaps in access to resources compared to men.
The ZNWLG executive director said women’s participation was limited to voting and dancing and singing songs of praise for leaders at the airport and at political rallies and that had to stop.
She said that increasing the number of female politicians was the solution but the nomination fee would limit them.
“We want change, and it is by putting women in powerful political positions that we can have such change,” said Ms Chibuta.