Increase women participation in governance – Mubukwanu

SOUTHERN Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu has underscored the importance of mainstreaming gender equality at levels of governance.
Mr Mubukwanu said there is need to promote gender equality by ensuring that women participate in the governance system at church, business and village levels.
He said this in Choma on Sunday during the commemoration of International Women’s Day held under the theme: ‘Gender is my Agenda: Make it happen!’.
“The theme reflects the need for every citizen to take gender matters seriously, the theme is also an acknowledgment that while existing laws, institutions need strengthening in order to create an environment for gender equity to happen, it reminds us as individuals to take a personal effort to make gender equality a reality and this starts from our homes and institutions,” Mr Mubukwanu said.
He also urged leaders in various institutions to emulate President Lungu’s stance on gender equality as evidenced by his appointment of Ms Inonge Wina, the country’s first female vice-president.
“On behalf of the Zambian women, let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the action by His Excellency President Lungu for personally making a landmark decision of choosing a woman as his Vice-President because he had options to choose a man, too,” Mr Mubukwanu said.
He added: “This is indeed taking the gender agenda at heart and making it happen, we, too, should do our part at our level, in homes, businesses, and offices, let it happen,” Mr Mubukwanu said.
Choma Central member of Parliament (MP) Cornelius Mweetwa and his Mbabala counterpart Ephraim Belemu attended the event.

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