—- Government says the challenges of gender disparity need to be dealt with from the grass-root levels.
Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila said the commitment that government is putting in place through legislature and rights need to be commended by the society.
Mr. Mwila explained that upholding of the gender course is vital in our society saying women need to take up the responsibility of speaking up for themselves unlike waiting for men to do so.
The Home Affairs Minister noted that the Patriotic Front-PF administration has made strides in appointing women in higher leadership positions such the Vice President Inonge Wina and Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani among many others.
Mr. Mwila stressed that the milestone done must be supplemented by women taking up the mantle to champion and foster the national cause of development.
He further said until everyone commits to the fight to attain gender equality as the theme depicts, women will continue to suffer gender in-equality through political and social status.
The Home Affair Minister said President Lungu has set a precedence for the future in the country in as far as gender equality was concerned.
Mr Mwila said this when he officiated at this year’s International Women’s Day commemoration at Mongu Sports Stadium this morning.
This year International Women’s Day was celebrated under the Theme: ‘Gender Is My Agenda: Make It Happen’.