THE Zambia National Women’s Lobby and the Zambia Accountability Programme have partnered in a project that will enhance female leadership in the country.
Twenty-nine female councillors on the Copperbelt met at Moba Hotel for a capacity building meeting meant to encourage female participation in the country.
During a press briefing, ZNWL board member Susan Kambeu said the project was targeting only women holding leadership positions in the country.
“The mandate of the Zambia National Women’s Lobby is to promote representation and participation of women at all levels of decision making through advocacy, lobbying and capacity building of women in order to enable them influence decisions on developmental issues. We have partnered with the Zambia Accountability Programme (ZAP) on a project that aims to enhance the leadership potential of elected female leadership to enable them carry out their responsibilities effectively. The project is targeting female councillors, council chairpersons and members of parliament from six provinces – Central, Copperbelt, Lusaka, Western and Eastern – through empowering women in politics and decision making and providing capacity building to elected female executive mayors, councillors and members of parliament. The two-day training we have concluded is just one of the capacity building interventions that will take place during the livelihood of this project,” Kambeu said.
She said the project would help enhance the potential of women in leadership and train them to become responsible leaders.
Kambeu said this would enable women to be capable of making effective developmental decisions thereby contributing to the country’s economic development.
She said ZAP and ZNWL were keen to see women take up key positions in the political arena and in government thereby promoting gender equity.
“Through this project, we are also advocating for the operalisation of laws and policies that should facilitate an increase in women participation in decision making processes. We want to see the following happen through this project: enhanced performance of elected leaders and increased participation and representation of women in politics and decision making…We will all be working closely with the media in promoting women’s role and we call the press to take keen interest in women’s issues and observe gender balance and getting news from leaders at all levels,” said Kambeu.
And Chichele ward councillor Janet Kasangele said Zambian women had often been left out of key decision-making positions due to lack of support from other women.
“The 50 per cent of women in Parliament, council and public boards, despite making 18 per cent at Parliament level, eight per cent at council level, is not good enough and we need urgent change…Women are better councillors and leaders because they are not corrupt,” said Kasangale.
And Chingola’s Kwacha councillor Zaney Mugala said Zambian women were lacking support from the male folk who often intimidate them when they are campaigning.