The Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers has called for more inclusion of women in the country’s economic development agenda. Union president Mr. Ackim Mweemba was speaking ahead of the the International Women’s Day which falls on the 8th of March 2018. “As we commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day, we need to focus on ensuring that our women are included in meaningful and progressive economic activities. We have seen from past experience that social cash transfers and other pro women initiatives have not yielded the results we had hoped for.” He said.
“There is need, therefore, to strengthen our cooperatives, especially in rural areas, where women can form trade groupings that shall be able to competitively engage in trade, either through agro business or other trade activities.”
“As a country, we have been more rhetorical that action oriented, when it comes to women empowerment. We have focused more on the immediate solutions, especially during periods such as the women’s day and independence, then we shelf the issue until the next commemorative period. We need to focus on creating long term solutions such as engaging more women in production chains and and eventually, ownership of business undertakings.” He emphasized.
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