NGOCC campaigns for more women in politics

 

THE NGOCC has called for a pragmatic legal and policy framework that will guarantee and assure the participation of women in decision making and particularly in the political arena.

In a statement yesterday NGOCC Chairperson Sarah Longwe bemoaned the low number of women who were adopted, nominated and subsequently to have participated in the general elections.

Ms Longwe said that it was unfortunate that 50 percent of the population were being sidelined to take part in decision making with a low nomination of women by 16% compared to men.

“Going by the outcome of the August 11 elections at Parliamentary and Local Government levels, it is clear that the Zambian society continues to discriminate against women.

The women’s movement
demands for a pragmatic legal and policy framework that will guarantee and assure the participation of women in decision making and in politics in particular,” she said.

She said that preliminary reports had indicated that lower numbers of women were elected at Local Government level and no significant change in the number of female Members of Parliament was achieved.

Ms Longwe said the declaration of the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Edgar Lungu as the President-elect was immediately followed by a legal petition filed by the leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema and had regrettably seen a resurrection of violence by some political cadres.

She said has congratulated all winners in last week’s general elections and has urged all Zambians to conduct themselves responsibly in the aftermath of the August 11 elections saying in a democracy while the majority win the minority must also be
respected.

The NGOCC boss said that it was incumbent upon the leadership to take deliberate measures and actions to reunite our great country in the true spirit of One Zambia, One Nation.

Ms Longwe has called on all Zambians to uphold peace and co-existence stating it was time for the country to focus on national development for the benefit of all Zambians.

She said that the women movement would issue a comprehensive statement on the whole election process as well as on the results of the female candidates after the inauguration of the new President.

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