President Edgar Lungu says government is committed to coordinating the implementation of various gender mainstreaming and empowerment interventions to ensure women and girls’ rights are promoted and protected.

Speaking during the commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day which is themed “Women in Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future in a COVID-19 World,” President Lungu said it is sad that women have continued to experience social barriers to participate in leadership and decision making despite government efforts to promote gender equality.

The Head of State said women are the change agents orienting other women and girls to aim high.

He further challenged men to join forces with the women who have been in the forefront of ensuring that the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of all the family members are respected and reinforced.

“Women, are the change agents orienting other women and girls to aim high, to dream and aspire for leadership positions, to know that they are part of the development process able to take up any vocation, political and profession they so desire without feeling intimidated. I now challenge the men to join forces with the women who have been in the forefront of ensuring that the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of all the family members are respected and reinforced,” he said.

“Let us all play a role in instilling good behavior in our children for them to grow into being responsible adults in the future. Despite government efforts to promote gender equality, I am saddened by the fact that women continue to experience social barriers to participate in leadership and decision making. We need to uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women leadership in our efforts to achieve our set development agenda. To this effect, my government through the ministry of gender will continue to coordinate the implementation of various gender mainstreaming and empowerment interventions to ensure women and girls’ rights are promoted and protected.”

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