THE Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) is rolling out its programme to promote and facilitate women participation in elective political and decision-making positions and is now looking to achieving targets by 2021, says executive director Engwase Mwale.
Ms Mwale said in the just ended general elections, targets became untenable due to low numbers of women who had been adopted by various political parties at various levels from councilor to running mate.
She noted that already in the Cabinet appointed so far, the number of women was appallingly low.
Ms Mwale explained that there were a number of factors inhibiting women participation ranging from lack of economic empowerment, cultural, etc. to religious, among a non-exhaustive list.
She said to overturn that undesired situation, NGOCC had identified the media as a key partner in the cause for women’s quest for equal representation in elective political positions.
“Two meetings have been held by the NGOCC with journalists from some selected provinces which were initially targeted for action by the organisation in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Southern, Eastern and Northern.
“One of the key findings or recommendations was that there was now need to form media networks across all the provinces to holistically attend to all challenges women faced, adding that media presence and reportage of such challenges was key to success.
It was, therefore, resolved that 10 media networks across Zambia should be undertaken in each of the province to help achieve the intended goals.