STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina says Government has recognised that women are innovative and industrious but need a supportive environment to improve their social and economic status.
Mrs Wina said President Lungu has shown determination to raise the profile of the girl-child and women in various endeavours.
She cited the President’s appointment by the African Union (AU) as a champion in the campaign to end child marriages not only in Zambia but Africa as a whole as a testimony of his hard work.
Mrs Wina said this yesterday at her office when she met hairdressers, mostly women, to discuss and find ways of formalising their industry.
Mrs Wina urged the hairdressers to create linkages with the private sector and government institutions.
“I have involved the ministries of Gender; Commerce, Trade and Industry; Youth and Sport; and Stanbic [Bank] because these institutions are key to the development of small-scale businesses like hairdressing,” she said.
And a representative of the over 40 hairdressers, Rebecca Lwanja, said hairdressers want to contribute to national development by formalising their business.
The hairdressers were drawn from various parts of Lusaka, including the famous Chimutengo Salon at Kamwala market.
“Your Honour (Vice-President), we want Government to help us set up a training school where those elderly hairdressers who can no longer stand for long hours can become trainers of younger persons,” Ms Lwanja said.
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe said the government is determined to improve the lives of people by creating an enabling environment to do business.
“You are the future of this country. You matter to this government because we realise that the only way this nation will create wealth is by going the entrepreneurial way,” Mrs Mwanakatwe said.
Also present at the meeting were officials of the Citizens Economic Empowerment Fund and Zambia Development Agency,