ZAMBIA has assented to several regional and international instruments which advocate equal participation and representation of women in decision-making positions at all levels.
These include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the African Union Protocol (AUP), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol.
At the national level, the country has amended the Constitution (2016), put in place a National Gender Policy (2014) and enacted the Gender Equity and Equality Act (2015), among several measures, to promote gender equality.
All these pieces of legislation and policies were formulated with the conviction that equal participation of men and women is essential in the development of this country as it facilitates a well-balanced social, economic, cultural and political co-existence.
It is important for women and men to be responsible for decisions affecting their lives, their families and the nation.
The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) therefore, implores all Zambians to support the cause for gender equality and equity as the attainment of all the targets on gender equality are dependent on our collective efforts.