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Women get support

PRESIDENT Lungu (left) with Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at Palace Hotel in New York, United States of America, on Sunday. PICTURE: SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

CHAPADONGO LUNGU, New York
PRESIDENT Lungu has shared with the international community his resolve to empower women and fight any form of gender-based violence (GBV).
The President said women and girls have been victims of GBV, human trafficking and forced early marriage, scourges he would ensure are stopped.
Speaking during the global leaders’ meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment on Sunday, Mr Lungu said some of the ways of fighting the problem will be through various policies, including ‘HeForShe’ and school re-entry programmes that empower girls.
The President said economic empowerment for women requires investment such as access to land, credit to small and medium businesses and building capacity in entrepreneurship.
He is proud to be a champion of women’s empowerment as demonstrated by appointments of women to various key institutions, including that of Vice-President Inonge Wina.
“I am proud to have Zambia’s first female Vice-President in my Government,” he said.
The Judiciary, Police, Anti-Corruption Commission and Auditor-General’s Office are headed by women, something that makes Mr Lungu proud.
He, however, noted that violence against women and girls has continued to be one of the major problems in the attainment of gender equality.
He said in line with the international and regional commitments related to gender and development, Government’s vision is to achieve full participation of everyone in decision-making processes and entrepreneurial development for sustainable development through gender equity and equality so that no-one is left behind on account of sex, age, social, economic and health status.
The President said the 2030 agenda for sustainable development gives more impetus and confidence for a significant imprint on gender equality and women empowerment.
“It’s been 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, and 15 years since the Millennium Declaration.
“While much has been accomplished, I believe a lot more remains to be done and I, therefore, wish to commit myself and the people of Zambia to ensuring that what remains to be done is done,” Mr Lungu said.




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