PATRIOTIC Front (PF) women are happy with the re-election of President Edgar Lungu and his Vice-President Inonge Wina and are hopeful that the Head of State would continue recognizing women as equal partners in the development of the country.
PF national women’s chairperson Esther Banda said the women were happy that Zambians had yet again given President Lungu the mandate to preside over the country’s affairs.
Ms Banda said President Lungu had been a champion and ardent advocate of women’s rights and that was why Zambia has had the first female Vice-President in Inonge Wina.
She said it was the prayer of women in the PF that President Lungu was going to continue appointing women to decision-making positions to help him govern the country.
Ms Banda advised women to be ambitious and aspire to take up leadership positions because President Lungu had demonstrated that the female gender was critical to the social, economic and political development of the country.
“As women in the PF, we are celebrating the re-election of President Lungu and his Vice-President Inonge Wina in the just-ended general elections. President Lungu has broken the jinx of women being sidelined in decision-making positions particularly in the political arena.
‘‘For the first time in history, we have a female Vice-President who became the first presidential running mate. We are hopeful that President Lungu will continue recognizing women as partners in development,” Ms Banda said.
She explained that for a long time, women had been stereotyped politically, socially and economically but that President Lungu had shown that the female gender should never be left behind if the country had to reach its full potential in development.
Ms Banda said Vice-President Wina had been an inspiration to women as she had demonstrated unique leadership and that the women in the PF were looking up to her.
Ms Banda said Ms Wina had demonstrated that women could be entrusted with leadership and that Zambia had set pace in the region by having a woman as a running mate in a presidential election.