Support each other, PF urges women

PATRIOTIC Front information chairperson Frank Bwalya with his deputy Charity Katongo-Banda during a press briefing at the party secretariat in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI.

AS the country joins the rest of the world in preparing for the International Women’s Day commemoration on Wednesday, the Patriotic Front (PF) has urged women to heed President Lungu’s advice that they should support one another to help develop the country.
PF information and publicity committee vice chairperson Charity Banda said President Lungu had on several occasions bemoaned the lack of support by women to their fellow women.
Ms Banda said in a statement yesterday that the President had made observations that enemies of women’s progress were usually fellow women.
“We have seen it necessary to re-echo the advice of President Lungu in an effort to ensure that women in our country continue to reflect on the timely guidance,” she said.
Ms Banda said President Lungu had demonstrated appreciation for the capacity of women in the country by appointing several of them to decision-making positions.
“It is clear that President Lungu’s confidence in women will continue to grow and, similarly, the number of women in decision-making positions will keep going up,” she said.
Ms Banda said if women refused to abandon the ‘pull her down’ culture, the President and other officials responsible for promoting gender equity would get discouraged.
Ms Banda said the PF was in support of all, the women President Lungu had appointed as Cabinet ministers and those that have risen to influential positions in various institutions.
“Our prayer is that these women will continue working hard in an effort to prove the capacity of women to perform just like their male counterparts,” she said.
Ms Banda urged the women who had been privileged to occupy influential positions to focus on their work and ignore detractors, as their success would keep raising confidence in women and appointing authorities.

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