Monday, 7 March 2011


President Banda
By Globe Reporter
President Banda has asked Zambians to thank their mothers, wives and daughters for their contribution towards helping the country earn a better place in the world.
In a statement released by Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Dickson Jere, ahead of tomorrow’s (March 8) International Women’s Day, President Banda urged Zambians to remember the women for their contribution towards the country’s development.
“On this special day we must remember the great achievements of Zambia’s women, throughout the ages, in getting our country to where it is today.  We must thank our mothers, wives and daughters for all that they do in helping Zambia to earn a better place in the world. We will achieve this together, by building on the foundations we have laid down for security, stability and prosperity for all Zambians,” stated President Banda. “I am committed to building a future where everybody, regardless of gender, age or allegiance, enjoys a good education, access to good healthcare and benefits from a prosperous economy.”
President Rupiah Banda pledged to continue his efforts to bring equality to all the people of Zambia.
The annual celebrations on March 8 celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, and has been running for more than 100 years.
“Zambia is right to be proud of the progress it has made in bringing gender equality to the country. Last month saw the government’s launch of a special Gender Responsive Budget Programme in conjunction with the United Nations Development Fund for Women, which has hailed Zambia for strides it has made in adopting policies that enhance gender equality,” read the statement in part. “The programme, which is being piloted in the agriculture and health sectors, will ensure equality in the budgetary process through measures such as tracking budget decisions from a gender perspective and having gender-aware appraisals of each policy.”
President Banda stated that he was determined to ensure women benefit from Zambia’s great economic strides, which have seen growth of nearly 7% and a steady rise in employment.
This year’s budget included K5 billion allocated to policies regarding equality, with provisions for women to be offered entrepreneurship training to help them better manage their income generation; so far almost 4000 women have benefited.
Government has also introduced a development policy to grant women greater access to acquiring land for residential and commercial purposes, by allocating 30% of all available land to women.
The number of HIV infected pregnant women who received anti retroviral drugs under the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission policy increased from 26,000 in 2006, to 47,000 in 2009.

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