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Esther Lungu concludes West tour of duty

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu during an outreach programme for people with special needs in Sesheke on Thursday. PICTURE: THOMAS NSAMA

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Sesheke
AFTER an 18-day tour of Western Province during which she ventured into the remotest areas and reached out to the poorest, First Lady Esther Lungu has concluded her programme with a call on women to work together to uplift their livelihood and their communities.
Mrs Lungu touched many lives, showed compassion and simpathy, urging women to love one another and chart their destiny despite challenges.
Her outreach programme was targeted at the vulnerable, most of whom she reached.
Speaking during her closing remarks at a women’s meeting in Sesheke on Thursday, Mrs Lungu said there is need for women to unite and to make good use of the resources that she had contributed.
Mrs Lungu donated K25,000 to women clubs in Shesheke.
The First Lady thanked the corporate entities and individuals who gave monetary and material support to enable her to undertake the outreach programme.
Mrs Lungu met women in Limulunga, Mongu, Kalabo, Luampa, Lukulu, Kaoma, Sioma, Sikongo, Shangombo, Mwandi, Nalolo, Senanga and Sesheke districts.
She also visited Mangango constituency.
And speaking when she officiated at a small-scale women entrepreneurs of Western Province workshop in Sesheke on Thursday, Mrs Lungu said women have potential to change the economic status of the country once empowered.
She said women will not trade sex for money or traffic their children once they are empowered.
“I am glad to note that the Zambian government has now, more than ever, realised that women can no longer be relegated to cooking, cleaning and fetching water. I’m also glad to attest to the fact that during my outreach programme here in Western Province, I have witnessed first-hand the efforts our Government is making in the quest to economically empower the women,” she said.
Mrs Lungu urged participants to seize the rare opportunity to learn and apply the knowledge.
She also commended the Ministry of Gender and Child Development for facilitating the training programme through skills development.
And Western Province permanent secretary Mwangala Liomba said the participants were drawn from all the 16 districts.
The five-day workshop attracted over 20 entrepreneurs.

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