A campaign has been launched in Zambia to get women voting and in parliament. The campaign is run by the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC). They worked to clarify requirements to nominate (year 12 schooling or a tertiary qualification) and coordinate efforts to provide training and financial support.
Women are underrepresented in leading positions, whether in elected office, the civil service, the private sector or academia. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change.
Women face several obstacles to participating in political life. Structural barriers through discriminatory laws and institutions still limit women’s options to run for office. Capacity gaps mean women are less likely than men to have the education, contacts and resources needed to become effective leaders.
Therefore in a bid to increase women participation during the August 11 general elections, the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has launched a ‘vote for a woman’ campaign in Livingstone under the women in politics project.
The ‘vote for a woman campaign’ roadshow was held at Livingstone’s Dambwa Central market and was spiced by Tusole theatre group, coupled with an upcoming female artist and women activist Tiwamenji Phiri, who uses Tiwa as her stage name.
This project was launched to increase the number of women participating in politics so that the country can experience holistic development.
NGOCC Women in Politics project coordinator Evarine Mooya says the programme, which started last year, was created to specifically increase the number of women in politics for both participation and also being elected.