ZAMBIA Police officer commanding for Chipata Senior Superintendent Lydia Ndopu has expressed concern at the high numbers of defilement cases as well as high teen pregnancies in the district. And Non-Governmental Gender Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Engwase Mwale has charged that women’s participation in leadership positions remains vital to Zambia’s attainment of sustainable development.
During a three-day training workshop for over 30 female police officers from Eastern Province yesterday, Ndopu said gender issues were still widespread in Chipata. It was reported recently that Eastern Province recorded 24,731 teenage pregnancies in 2018. Those pregnant ranged from 12 to 20 years.
Ndopu also expressed concern at the high numbers of child defilement cases as well as high teen pregnancies in the district. Ndopu is however confident that the various interventions that the Zambia Police was implementing through the Victim Support Unit (VSU) would help reduce the vice. And Mwale bemoaned the low number of women in key decision making positions. She said it was for that reason that her organisation had convened the meeting that aimed at enhancing gender equality in the Police Service.
Mwale noted that issues to do with gender equality could not be over emphasised, hence the need for all stakeholders to come on board to ensure that patronage was done away with. She also registered her happiness that traditional leaders were coming to the fold in promoting gender equality.