——————–Mkushi North Member of Parliament (MP) Ingrid Mpande(PF) has said the family unit is a significant cornerstone on which the promotion of gender equality could be promoted.
Ms. Mpande stated this when she graced the 2015 International Women Day commemoration in Mkushi District.
She said there was need for residents to consolidate gender equality at household level.
The Mkushi North Lawmaker said President Edgar Lungu had already set the tone to exemplify government’s commitment to this cause, by appointing women to highly placed positions such as Vice Presidency as well as Chief Justice.
She said that in view of this, there was need for residents to match this commitment by ensuring that gender equality is mainstreamed at household, community and district level.
Ms. Mpande implored women to acknowledge that government had been consistent in championing this cause through other interventions such as various women empowerment programs that aimed at encouraging women to mitigate household poverty.
She however admitted that there was need for concerted efforts to address challenges such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), early marriages as well as low literacy levels.
During the same function, Mkushi Women’s Chairperson Mary Chanda paid tribute to President Edgar Lungu for appointing Inonge Wina as Vice President, and described the move as a source of inspiration for women.
Mrs. Chanda said that in view of this, there was need for women in the District to maximise their potential and contribute to the development of the District.
She urged government to continue with the momentum of promoting more women into decision making positions, adding that women are equal partners in development.
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