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Luo calls for gender equality plan to empower women more

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ZUMANI KATASEFA, Luanshya
MINISTER of Gender and Child Development Nkandu Luo says there is need to come up with a plan that will ensure that women effectively contribute to and benefit from the transformative agenda for gender equality.
Professor Luo notes that the current Constitution is gender friendly as it incorporates gender as a fundamental value and provides for the strengthening of the institutional capacity of the country to deal with gender issues by creating the Gender Equality Commission.
She said there is need to put in place measures to support girls’ education, while on the other hand, mothers need sustainable economic empowerment programmes.
Prof Luo said this in a speech read on her behalf by deputy minister of Lands, Natural resources and Environmental Protection Susan Kawandami during celebrations to mark Women’s Day in Luanshya on Tuesday.
She said education is the most important gift that can be given to a girl child to prosper in all facets of life and ably participate in the 50-50 development agenda.
“We, therefore, need to rise as a nation and support the girl child to receive quality education. We need to rise up as a nation and say no to child marriages, sexual exploitation and defilement,” Prof Luo said. The minister said her ministry is already moving strategically by embarking on a robust project in collaboration with the World Bank, dubbed ‘Girls Education and Women Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL).


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