NGOCC DOING A GOOD JOB – PRESIDENT LUNGU
President Edgar Lungu says the Non-governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council is doing a good job.
Speaking when he visited the Non-governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) stand during the commemoration of International Women’s Day this morning,President Lungu said government was happy with NGOCC work.
“I am aware of what NGOCC is doing and all I can say is that you are doing a very good job. We will also see to it that some of the challenges that you are facing are addressed,” said President Lungu.
And addressing women at the Showgrounds in Lusaka, President Lungu said his government was working hard to address women issues in the country.
Meanwhile, NGOCC chairperson Mary Silavwe Mulenga said this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “think equal, build smart, innovate for change,” brings to light the world’s focus on finding innovative ways in which to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Ms Mulenga said gender equity and equality is a serious development imperative, adding that the country can no longer proceed with ‘business as usual’ attitude.
“We live with another sad reality where women have continued to die while giving life right within our health facilities. Access to quality sexual reproductive health services and rights remains a huge challenge for most women especially in rural area,” Ms. Mulenga said.
“While we have elaborate policies and legal frameworks to narrow the gender gaps such as the National Gender Policy, the Gender Equity and Equality Act (GEEA), the Anti Gender Based Violence Act and the Seventh National Development plan, there is serious need to actualise and implement the proposed measures in these documents.”
Ms. Mulenga said the women’s movement in Zambia desire a transformative leadership at all levels.