Kapiri Mposhi, June 14,  2019 ,  ZANIS - The Zambia Women’s Lobby (ZWL) has today launched a project aimed at building capacity for women to enable them aspire in political offices.

The four year project dubbed ‘Empowering Women for Effective Participation in Politics is also being implemented in Kaoma, Kapiri and Lusaka with financial support from the Democratic Political Parties of Finland (DemoFin).

ZANIS reports that launching the project in Kapiri Mposhi today, Project Coordinator Lombe Nambeya explained that the project focusses on building capacity in women wishing to run for political office especially at local government and constituency levels in the targeted districts.

Ms Nambeya said this during a seminar for women aspiring to run for political positions drawn from various political parties, the church and business community in Kapiri Mposhi district.

“We are going to work with women from nine different political parties in the target districts to capacity build them and provide them with necessary support to aspire for political office in the 2021 general elections and beyond, “Ms Nambeya said.

According to Ms Nambeya, current statistics on the number of women occupying political offices in Zambia were not encouraging. She said that the country needed to do more for it to attain various regional and international treaties it has ratified on women representation in decision making positions.

“Currently, for example at councilor level we have a total of 1,624 councilors but only 126 are women. This is a clear indicator that we need to do more in ensuring parity,” Ms Nambeya said.

And Kapiri Mposhi District Women’s Lobby Chairlady Ruth Mweemba has challenged the womenfolk to transform their mindset by seeking influential decision making positions in their various political parties.

“ Women in politics should not downgrade themselves to being experts as political party dancers we should rise up and inspire confidence for us to be taken seriously in the political arena and confidence will not come if we continue to dance and sing for others , “  Ms Mweemba said.

The seminar drew participation by several political parties and stakeholders.