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Zambia’s Vice-President Inonge Wina said the southern African nation was committed to advancing gender equality, a statement obtained on Wednesday said.Zambia map
The Zambian vice-president, in remarks delivered during the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, said the government was committed to ensuring that women participate at the highest level of the country’s political ranks.
Wina, who became Zambia’s first woman vice-president after being appointed by President Edgar Lungu, said the government was currently working on a gender equality bill which was expected to be considered by Cabinet later this year, according to the statement released by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN Chibaula Silwamba.
The government, she said, has embarked on a number reforms aimed at ensuring gender equality such as the enactment of anti- gender law in 2011 and the stiffening of punishment for offenders of gender-based violence.
The change of laws was a demonstration of the government’s commitment to abolish deep rooted violations of women’s rights, and in response to the rising levels of violence against women, she added.
“Let me underscore my government’s commitment to advancing gender equality by appointing me as Zambia’s first-ever female vice-president, a demonstration of the strong resolve by our republican president to ensure that women participate at the highest level of political echelons in our nation,” she said.
She said the CSW59 was timely and provided opportunities for member states to take stock of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges.
Zambia, she added, has endeavored to enhance the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action by stimulating gender mainstreaming in the revised sixth national development plan.
The CSW59, dubbed Beijing+20, is taking place two decades after the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing that marked a significant turning point for the global agenda on gender equality.
The main focus of the 59th Session, which runs from March 9 to 20, will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The meeting will discuss opportunities to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda currently being formulated.
UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and every Woman every Child movement in 2010 to advance progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that focuses on women and children’s health. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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