Lungu UN gender appointment cheers State

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) receives a HeForShe pin from United Nations Women (UN WOMEN) Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka (right) at Sandton Convention Centre on Monday, June 15,2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE.

GOVERNMENT has commended President Lungu for his appointment as promoter for the United Nations’ (UN) women movement for gender equality campaign.
Chief government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said in a statement issued yesterday that the appointment to the high-profile global responsibility is not only well-deserved, but also a source of immense pride and honour to the nation.
“Government offers its deep-felt congratulations to His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu on his appointment as promoter for the “HeForShe” campaign, a United Nations women movement for gender equality. This is in recognition of President Lungu’s contribution and commitment to women empowerment,” Mr Kambwili said.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said President Lungu’s appointment is also a sign of the confidence the international community has in Zambia’s political and governance system.
He said the appointment has come because Zambia has placed gender equality at the centre of national development.
“Government is proud that since coming into office six months ago, President Lungu, like his predecessor, the late President Michael Sata, has shown unprecedented commitment to the gender agenda by appointing more women to various positions of influence,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said some of the landmark appointments President Lungu has made of women into leadership positions are that of the first ever female republican Vice-President Inonge Wina and Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima, among others.
Mr Kambwili said in line with its party manifesto, the PF Government re-affirms its commitment to gender equality by creating more and equal space for women’s participation in national affairs.
On Monday, the UN women appointed President Lungu as the promoter for the “HeForShe” campaign, which advocates gender equality and targeted at men that are gender-sensitive.

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