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Zambia marks International Women’s Day amid calls for gender equality

Zambia on Wednesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day with activities held in various parts of the country amid calls for gender equality.

The main event, graced by Zambian Vice President Mutale Nalumango, was held in Kabwe, the capital of Central Province, and was preceded by a march-past.

The event, which was broadcast live on state television, was characterized by musical performances by various local artists and cultural groups, drama performances as well as military drills by a platoon of female soldiers.

In her address, the vice president expressed concern that women in Africa and Zambia, in particular, have remained marginalized when it comes to science and technology.

She said data from the United Nations has shown that only 40 percent of women and girls in Africa have access to computers compared to 60 percent for men and boys, while only 28 percent of women and girls possess digital skills.

“This situation calls for great concern to all of us and therefore must be addressed to ensure gender equality,” she said.

According to her, the Zambian government was committed to addressing gender inequality by implementing policies and programs purposely targeted at women and girls with a view to promoting gender equity.

While acknowledging the importance of science and technology to sustainable social and economic development, the vice president called for concerted efforts to ensure that women and girls have access to the same opportunities as men and boys when it comes to technology and innovation, adding that there was a need for increased digital education.

Non-governmental Gender Organisations’ Coordinating Council Board Chairperson Grace Sinkamba also expressed concern that women and girls have continued to be marginalized in many areas of life despite concerted efforts to ensure gender equity.

She called on women to take advantage of technology to empower themselves. 

Source: Xinhua