Zambia: Lungu’s Drive to Uplift Women Admirable

In June 2015, the African Union (AU) heads of State summit held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa was significant for many reasons.

Chief among those was the recognition of Zambia and its President Edgar Lungu, for the critical and heartwarming drive to end Gender Based Violence (GBV), early marriages and teenage pregnancies.

Not only did President Lungu receive recognition from the African Union (AU), but was also appointed promoter of the HeForShe campaign by the United Nations (UN).

During his meeting with the UN Women Movement for Gender Equality led by executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the sidelines of the AU summit, President Lungu was commended for his determination to end child marriages in the country.

Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka said this made President Lungu an ideal candidate for the HeForShe campaign.

And in receiving the AU recognition, Mr Lungu promised to work extra hard to uplift the lives of women.

Being the decade for women, he said women needed to be assisted to gain their self-esteem and elevate them to positions that enabled them bring out the best of their ability.

Mr Lungu showed confidence in women’s abilities by appointing many, to key decision-making positions, including that of Inonge Wina as Vice-President.

More than half a decade later, President Lungu continues to draw admiration for his unrelenting drive to end GBV and gender inequality.

It is no coincidence that these accolades continue to pour in because the President has truly walked the talk and led the way in women empowerment.

UN country coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio went as far as urging every person to follow the “excellent example of leadership” by President Lungu towards ending GBV and achieving gender equality.