GOVERNMENT should commit itself to gender equality and empower youths through various interventions that include direct education support and provision of life skills, Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) chairperson Sara Longwe has demanded.
Speaking during the official opening of the 2016 Women for Change (WFC) rural youth exposure in Lusaka yesterday, Ms Longwe urged Government to continue working towards eliminating poverty that was driven by gender inequality.
She said that Government should also continue partnering with various stakeholders including organisations such as Women for Change to bring about change in the country.
Ms Longwe said that Zambia was blessed with innovative minds and a workforce that could drive the country’s economy because it has the largest number of young people. “Zambia has the largest number of people who are young; meaning the country is blessed with innovative minds. I demand for Government’s commitment to gender equality and empowering youths through various interventions that include direct education support and provision of life skills.
Ms Longwe said that young people needed to be equipped if they were to fully realize their potential and contribute to the country’s development.
Ms Longwe disclosed that NGOCC has been building the capacity of youths through inter-generational talks as well as economic empowerment through provision of grants or loans and equipment to establish businesses.
Meanwhile, WFC chairperson Margaret Maimbolwa, at the same event urged the youth to be innovative and that they should always aim high in life.