SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Lusaka
NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations have hailed the appointment of Inonge Wina as Zambiaâ€™s first female Vice-President.
On Monday newly-elected President Edgar Lungu appointed Inonge Wina as Vice-President.
Ms Wina was until her appointment Minister of Gender and Child Development under the leadership of late President Michael Sata.
Zambia National Womenâ€™s Lobby chairperson Beauty Katebe commended President Lungu for appointing Ms Wina and described him as a gender-sensitive leader.
In an interview, Ms Katebe said the balance in having both sexes at the top slots will see gender equality prospects propelled.
She said, â€œWe are elated with the appointment of Ms Wina as the first female Vice-President as she has been instrumental and has understanding of women issues.â€
And she advised Ms Wina to be all-embracing and that women must benefit from her appointment.
Speaking in a separate interview, Forum for African Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) national chairperson Agnes Shipanuka noted that the appointment of Ms Wina is a jubilee gift to Zambian women.
Ms Shipanuka said her appointment comes at a time when the world closes in on Millennium Development Goals, Education for All goals and the 20 years of the Beijing platform.
â€œGender goals are key to developmental goals as it is a win-win situation for all girls and women,â€ she said.
Meanwhile, Zambia Media Women Association (ZAMWA) chairperson Felistus Chipako said Ms Wina has a background of fighting for women and childrenâ€™s rights and as such she will be able to improve their lives.
Ms Chipako also said President Lungu has shown how serious the Patriotic Front government is in fostering gender equality in the country.
She said, â€œWe are totally behind her appointment and will give her the necessary support she deserves.â€
And Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council board chairperson Sara Longwe says in a statement that the appointment of Ms Wina has come at a time when Zambia is grappling to narrow the gender gap.
Ms Longwe said the women movement has no doubt that Ms Wina will greatly contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
She said the women movement has no doubt that Ms Wina will provide the necessary leadership as Vice-President.
â€œAs a gender activist we are hopeful that she will use her influence to ensure that we achieve gender equity and equality. We hope to see more such appointments of women to key decision-making positions,â€ Ms Longwe added.
SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Lusaka