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Girls need strong female role models

SCHOOLS took part in the World Environment Day march past in Livingstone on Monday. PICTURE:SHIKANDA KAWANGA

Children's corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
ONE of the most effective ways of achieving meaningful development in any society is by investing in the education of girls and involving more women in leadership and decision-making positions.

This can only be a reality if from an early age; girls are exposed to positive role models whom they can emulate. Young girls need to observe traits of confidence, leadership and accomplishment in other women to envision positive qualities as they grow into adulthood themselves.

By appointing more women to the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) board by 60 percent; Labour and Social Security Minister, Joyce Nonde Simukoko has proved that with hard work and perseverance girls can also attain such positions.
The appointment of a female board chairperson Marian Munyinda with five other women will boost efforts aimed at increasing the number of women in decision-making positions and help reduce the existing gender gap in leadership positions between women and men in Zambia.
The Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordinating Council (NGOCC) noted that there are very few women in leadership and decision-making positions including public boards in Zambia although women account for half the world’s working-age population.
Such initiatives of affirmative action will definitely propel the country in achieving the SADC Protocol on Gender target and the Gender Equity and Equality provision of 50/50 women and men in leadership and decision-making positions.
This is also appropriate especially that Zambia is lagging behind when compared to how other countries in the region are faring.
It is a known fact that when women are placed in leadership and decision-making positions, they often work fairly and effectively to uplift living standards of families and communities they are involved with.
Hence the often quoted African proverb that when you educate a man, you educate one person; but when educate a woman, you educate a nation.
The positive effects of empowering girls and women are felt throughout the entire communities because such decisions have a magic multiplier in relation to development in any country.
Having more female leaders from politics to the boardroom, helps break down traditional norms and beliefs that often tend to discourage young girls from reaching their full potential.
Strong female role models in leadership and decision-making positions assist to break down cultural and structural barriers by giving young girls the confidence to aim at breaking the proverbial glass ceiling; to realise that with determination and hard work, the sky is no longer the limit.
Remember, children are our future, until next week, take care.
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