More Christian women on the Copperbelt under the Local Council of Churches (LCC) have taken up decision-making positions after acquiring skills and knowledge following the training in leadership by the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Gender Desk.
This was revealed during a joint Monitoring and Evaluation by Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) with the Local Christian Council (LCC) Copperbelt Women’s Fellowship in Ndola’s at Holy Trinity Church, Mushili Congregation.
The women have since hailed CCZ for its continued support towards increasing their participation through various programmes being implemented by the CCZ Gender Desk.
At an interactive open discussion, over 30 women from various denominations took time to explain how the training in leadership offered by the gender desk has helped them come out of the closet and vie for positions of power in their church leadership structures including those that are filled by men as per culture and tradition.
According the women, decision-making positions had been the preserve of men who are being perceived as powerful, intelligent, wise and have authority to decide on behalf of their families and communities.
LCC Copperbelt Chairperson Florence Mumba described the raise in the number of women in decision-making positions to the commitment shown by CCZ in training the women in leadership skills whose knowledge acquired is being translated into action.
“Following the training we received in leadership, we decided to localize the training and brought together over 30 women to a workshop dubbed WOMEN CAN DO IT, were we discussed challenges associated with women in leadership and how to overcome them,” she said.
Mrs Mumba explained that some of the challenges associated with the reduced number of women in decision making positions include lack of support for each other to take up elective leadership positions.
Faith Kapulula people’s warden in the Anglican Church recommended during the same meeting the need for men to be incorporated in leadership training programmes in the future to enable them understand the roles and ability of women to lead which will also help them feel confident in women as leaders when elected into office.
And in his devotion, Holy Trinity Anglican Church Priest-in-Charge Father Mwelwa Mupeta encouraged the women to be bold as leaders in order to win people’s confidence in a society where women are being viewed as having limited leadership skills.
“Women are created in the image of God, and therefore to realize the potential they have in leading others. The inborn leadership qualities in women need to be exercised with self esteem, trust and positive attitude towards leadership positions.
The women resolved to address the challenges associated with the reduced number of women in leadership by promoting each other, praying for each other, and continue to improve leadership skills through training.
Some of the women at a meeting in Ndola