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MPs can enhance gender equity – Speaker

SPEAKER of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says parliamentarians are well positioned to implement Government’s efforts aimed at addressing challenges that impede women’s progress.
Dr Matibini said during the launch of the Zambia Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus (ZWPC) strategic plan 2014-2016 on Thursday that parliamentarians can meet Government’s goal of achieving gender equality and empowerment of women.
He said the newly-launched strategic plan aims at exploiting the potential Zambia has.
“The plan is a summation and culmination of the caucus ambition and declaration of its belief as a team to achieve goals it has set out,” Dr Matibini said.
He appealed to parliamentarians to use the strategic plan as a reference and guide in the discharge of their duties in order to accelerate development.
Earlier ZWPC chairperson Nkandu Luo said the strategic plan comes at a time when there are calls for greater participation of women in decision-making positions.
Prof Luo, who is also Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, is, however, concerned about continued widespread discrimination and insufficient representation of women in decision-making positions, especially politics.
“The four-year plan suggests strategies to address challenges in number of priority areas including measures to promote gender equality and advocacy on gender based violence,” Prof Luo said.
And Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwiinga commended ZWPC for operating across party lines on various issues affecting women and girls.
Ms Mwiinga said ZWPC has continued to exert influence on Government and political processes by helping shape the agenda and provide information on advocacy on issues relating to women and girls.

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