Government calls for economic empowerment of women to fight gender based violence.

Government has called for economic empowerment of women in Eastern Province as a strategy to fight gender based violence.
During a courtesy call on the Provincial Administration, Ministry of Gender and Child Development Permanent Secretary, Daisy Ng’ambi observed that lack of economic independence for women makes them vulnerable to all kinds of abuse.
Ms. Ng’ambi says that both the gender and child policies have been approved by cabinet as a means of strengthening the role of the Ministry of Gender and Child Development, which was formulated in 2012.
She further revealed that all provinces in the country will soon be hosting a Women’s Economic Expo, which will see women exhibit their various crafts and trades.
Ms. Ngambi says that this is aimed at challenging women to be economically active, stating that 20 women from Eastern Province will be selected from the Expo to participate in the national women’s Expo.
Meanwhile, Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary, Patrick Mwanawasa acknowledged President Lungu for taking a step to engage traditional leaders in mainstreaming gender.
Mr. Mwanawasa says that the involvement of the traditional leaders will help the ministry to spread the policies at grass root level.

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