Thursday, 24 March 2016


By MacPherson Mukuka in Lusaka


The Women for Change (WfC)says it is pleased with the appointment of Gender Minister Nkandu Luo as President of the Women Parliamentary Caucus under the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Women for Change Executive Director LUMBA SIYANGA says the appointment of Professor Luo cause for celebration because she will preside over the affairs of women at the IPU. .

She says Professors LUO's appointment points to the country’s deliberate steps to promote women’s leadership and reflects on her hard work and determination as a female politician who aims to improve women and girls’ rights.

She has added that her organisation has declared its solidarity in promoting women’s leadership not only in Zambia but the entire African Continent.

Ms. SIYANGA says the appointment of Prof. LUO is a positive testimony of the great potential Zambian women have and if tapped would raise the Zambian flag high.

She says her organisation is greatly encouraged to know that its efforts to advocate for increased representation of women in all sectors of the economy is not in vein.

She has further stated that her organisation believes that its call for the attainment of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) 50/50 representation is not a far-fetched dream because it is attainable.

She says her organisation has no doubt that Professor LUO will be a committed torch bearer and has wished her God’s guidance as she takes up her new responsibility.

Prof Luo was appointed during the 134th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference held in Lusaka

Meanwhile, Ms. SIYANGA has congratulated President Edgar Lungu for appointing three women out of six judges appointed to sit on the Constitutional Court.

She says the organisation is encouraged that the President is indeed showing commitment towards gender equality in leadership.

She has further called on President EDGAR LUNGU and all parties in Zambia to continue facilitating for full participation of women in decision making by encouraging appointments and adoption of women  to leadership positions and during the coming August 11,2016 General Election.

Ms. SIYANGA has also urged all political parties perpetuating violence to stop the vice as it has potential to reverse women and youth participation in politics.

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