Serenje, March 8, ZANIS—————Government says it will take the lead in promoting gender equality as outlined in the 2014 national gender policy.
Central Province Minister, Davies Chisopa, says Cabinet will take the lead in ensuring that men and women, as well as boys and girls, are given equal opportunities to realize their potentials and succeed without any discrimination or abuse.
Mr Chisopa said this today, when he officiated at the International Women’s Day commemoration, held at the District Administration grounds in Serenje District.
He observed that this year’s theme "Gender is My Agenda: Make it Happen " reflects the need for every citizen to take gender matters seriously.
He added that the theme is equally an acknowledgement that everyone must take personal efforts towards making gender equality a reality.
Mr Chisopa, however, said women should not be made to carry the burden of fighting for equality but that men should also take up the responsibility of making that happen.
And the Central Province Minister, has assured the district that government will continue to implement programs aimed at bridging the gap between men and women, as well as boys and girls, in order to curb gender-based violence.
He added that government in conjunction with the World Bank will soon commence the implementation of a rural empowerment program to empower more women, economically.