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Women, girls empowerment key to reducing poverty

PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
BRITISH High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet says empowering women and girls improves a nation’s peace, stability, good governance, economic growth and also reduces poverty.
Mr Cochrane-Dyet said both men and women need to be given equal opportunities in the economy, health, and education, among other sectors, to improve their livelihoods and enable them to contribute to national development.
He said there is need to ensure that all girls go to school for Zambia to stabilise her population growth, improve child nutrition, increase prosperity and end child marriage.
Mr Cochrane-Dyet said this during a discussion programme he hosted recently which featured prominent business women and political leaders to commemorate International Women’s Day.
“Estimates have indicated that up to US$28 trillion could be added to the global economy if women took their equal place in the economy. Sustainable development goal number 5 of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls will only be achieved if all stakeholders work together,” he said.
Mr Cochrane-Dyet said the UK is proud to work in partnership with the Zambian government, civil society and business sector to support women to reach their potential.
He said his government will continue working with the Ministry of Gender to improve women’s leadership in politics and the public sector and also to change attitudes and behaviours that limit women’s development.
Mr Cochrane-Dyet said he will continue working with the private sector to increase opportunities for women to get decent jobs, to help entrepreneurs with increased access to finance and business know-how.
He said girls should not be allowed to drop out of school for marriage as it is retrogressive to the nation’s development.




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