Fight for women’s rights – Inonge

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has urged women to fight for constitutional provisions that promote women’s rights in the new constitution.
“I cannot say much on the new constitution because it is under review, but we need to be very alert to ensure that whatever goes in there, has a flare, has a bias and is affirmative about women’s empowerment,” she said.
Speaking at a thanksgiving prayer breakfast meeting organised by the Patriotic Front (PF) women’s league in Lusaka yesterday, Mrs Wina said Government reaffirms its commitment to uplifting the welfare of women and girls in Zambia.
Mrs Wina said women should participate in national development programmes because they have the skill to contribute.
She said her first task as Vice-President is to look into the plight of market traders.
“We need to engage women on the streets, those who sell mangoes, sell tomatoes and earn a living from the dust of the earth.
“Those women in the rural areas have to be reached. We need to make a difference in their existence,” Mrs Wina said.
She said politics have divided the women in Zambia and yet they have one agenda, which is the gender equity.
Mrs Wina urged stakeholders to work hard and address challenges women face in Zambia.
And delivering a sermon during the prayer meeting, United Church of Zambia (UCZ) general-secretary Paggy Kabonde said the appointment of a woman as vice-president is an indication that “God is doing a new thing in Zambia”.
And Mrs Wina says government is committed to the fight against deforestation by emphasising the importance of tree-planting which is part of environmental protection
Ms Wina said this in a speech read for her by Deputy Minister of Education David Mabumba during the Jubilee tree planting ceremony at Lusaka’s Ibex Hill School yesterday.
She said all learning institutions in the country are obliged to provide aspects of education for sustainable development and environmental education.
“Protection of the environment is a responsibility of everyone. It is therefore important for all of us to not only take keen interest in the cause of environmental protection, but also to practise this by planting new trees,” Mrs Wina said.
She said the new education curriculum framework which was launched last year was designed to give guidance on the teaching of environmental education and climate change.

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