CHRISTINE CHISHA, Lusaka
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina, will this weekend lead a Zambian delegation to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at United Nation (UN) headquarters.
First Lady, Esther Lungu who is championing womenâ€™s empowerment and the Minister of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo will be part of Zambiaâ€™s multisectoral delegation.
This is according to a statement released by Zambiaâ€™s first secretary for press and public relations, at Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN, Chibaula Silwamba who said Mrs Wina and her entourage will arrive in New York on Sunday afternoon.
Mrs Wina is expected to deliver Zambiaâ€™s national statement to the the CSW, hold bilateral meetings with the Swedish delegation and speak at a high-level side event on reproductive rights.
The Vice-President will also deliver a lecture at Columbia University, one of the top universities in the USA.
Mrs Wina is also scheduled to meet Zambians living in the tri-state of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Zambiaâ€™s UN Mission charge dâ€™affaires Christine Kalamwina informed the advance party of the delations that representatives of member states , UN entities, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the annual event.
She said Zambia will actively participate at CSW59 to champion gender equality and womenâ€™s empowerment.
â€œZambia is one of the leading countries in the promotion of the welfare of women and girls; and this is an opportunity for us to highlight our achievements in this regards,â€ said Ms Kalamwina,
Ms Kalamwina said CSW59 was an opportune gathering to introduce Zambiaâ€™s female Vice-President to the world.
â€œWe are proud that President Lungu appointed Her Honour Mrs Wina to be our firstever Vice-President and assigned her to lead the delegation to CSW. This confirms his commitment to uplifting the wellbeing of women, and all Zambians,â€ Ms Kalamwina said.
The CSW59, dubbed Beijing+20, is taking place two decades after the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing that marked a significant turning point for the global agenda on gender equality.
The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
CHRISTINE CHISHA, Lusaka