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We’ll improve lives of women, youths – aspiring mayors

WOMEN tend to their fields.

SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Lusaka
SOME Lusaka mayoral candidates have pledged to ensure that the livelihoods of women and youths are improved once elected.
Featuring on Hot FM’s ‘Special Hot Seat’ programme recently, Forum for Democracy and Development’s candidate Siree Muntanga said once elected she will ensure that women marketers are provided with soft and interest-free loans that will help boost their businesses.
Ms Muntanga also pledged to ensure that women are given jobs in the council so that they can help their families.
“There are many jobs that can be created in the city for our women but the most important thing is financially empowering them,” she said.
And United Party for National Development’s Maureen Mwanawasa pledged to ensure women entrepreneurs are helped to be part and parcel of the value addition chain supply.
Dr Mwanawasa said she will also lobby for women involved in refuse collection are given better wages than they are currently getting.
She also reiterated calls to improve the women staffing levels at the council who will in turn help provide a conducive environment for women entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, independent candidate Elias Mpondela said he will increase access to sexual and reproductive health for women and young girls.
Mr Mpondela said women’s health is important and must be taken seriously by all well-meaning citizens.
“We will bring back the policy on home-based care where the sick and elderly are taken care of in our communities,” he said.
Another independent candidate Fisho Mwale said once elected he will improve urban agriculture and increase women’s access to land.
Mr Mwale said agriculture should not only be concentrated in rural areas but must be brought to urban areas as well.
He said urban agriculture among women will help enhance food security and reduce poverty among households.

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