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Power Woman launched

NGOCC board chairperson Sara Longwe (left ) with Ministry of Energy human resources director Rose Machina and WeEffect Zambia acting country director Martine Sekeleti during the launch of the Power Woman project to empower 200 women. PICTURE: SHIKANDA KAWANGA

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Lusaka
THE Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has launched a Power Woman project to empower 200 women with entrepreneurship skills in sustainable and modern energy products.
NGOCC board chairperson Sara Longwe said the project, which is in partnership with ‘WeEffect’, will help mitigate the effects of climate change.
“Through this project, women and girls will be trained in using, maintaining and marketing solar energy and other alternative energy products. This will lead to increased household income, a healthier, cleaner environment and economically profitable communities with reduced deforestation,” she said.
She said the Power Woman project is being implemented in Mumbwa, Kapiri Mposhi, Chipili and Mansa districts.
“The trained women are expected to reach out to 15,200 other women as well as 10,000 girls and 5,000 boys who are expected to benefit from the use of sustainable energy products,” Ms Longwe said.
She said the Power Woman project aims at creating economically and socially sustainable societies which will give women access to clean and renewable energy and climate-smart technology initiatives.
“We believe this will contribute to women’s economic independence,” she said.
And NGOCC acting executive director Chilufya Siwale said climate change mitigation and resilience is an important aspect of human life, and that this project will address the effects which adversely affect women and girls.
WeEffect Zambia acting country director Martine Sekeleti said the main objective of the project is to have empowered women thriving on environmentally friendly livelihoods.
“This project will contribute to the global sustainable goals 10 and 13 on reduced inequalities and climate action respectively,” Mr Sekeleti said.
Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Brigadier General Emelda Chola said Government has been conducting training for trainers who teach the rural women how to make mud stoves, which are an alternative source of energy.

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