By Nation Reporter
ZAMBIA has capable women who can occupy the highest positions in our country and participate effectively in the 2016 tripartite elections, says women activist Gertrude Ngambo.
Ms Ngambo said it was commendable for the Government under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu to support and realize the value of women in the decision-making process.
She appealed to political parties to adopt more women in the forthcoming elections because they were influential in their communities.
She said it was important for political parties to think seriously and decisively as well as walk the talk over the issue of women representation so that they too could contribute to national development.
“As a woman, I am impressed and encouraged by the Head of State who wants to see more women participating in the decision-making process, and this should be supported by all who mean well for the country because he has realised the efforts of women in society,” she said.
Ms Ngambo bemoaned the fact that women did not support each other, saying that it was time for them to lift up other women once they were given high-profile positions.
She said women should utilise this moment to reposition themselves in higher positions if they were to achieve gender equity and equality.
“Much has been said to strategise for increasing the number of women in positions of political decision-making structures and, therefore, these associations provide a unique opportunity to provide input as to the strategic direction,” she said.
She said even though there were fewer women in decision-making positions, there was a realisation and affirmative action on the need for women to participate going by the Government’s effort in appointing women in various positions of decision-making.
Ms Ngambo said she was concerned at the increasing cases of gender based violence and girl child pregnancies and marriages which she said should be curbed by working together.