The Local Christian Council in Eastern Province says there is need to empower the girl child in order to groom them into responsible women who will take up positions of power to challenge the norms and practices that hinder women from acceding to positions of power.
Addressing the Local Christian Council executive committee at a meeting held at United Church of Zambia (UCZ) All Saints Congregation in Chipata, CCZ Eastern Province Committee Chairperson Reverend Sonye Banda educating girl child for empowerment must be priority for each parent a guardian because their development is for the good of the nation.
“”girls are disadvantaged in many spheres of life and this has resulted in them being marginalized and treated inequality in society. This must change for the better because girls development will change the entire nation through their participation,” Rev Banda said.
Rev Banda challenged the women to stand up and vie for position of power in order to contribute towards the development of their communities through the identification of needy areas which need development especially those that affect women.
And speaking at the same function, Council of churches in Zambia (CCZ) Head of Programmes Abraham Chikasa explained that reflecting on the way society is designed the girl child has continued to be married off early and forced to support families which has become an unacceptable norm which creates an imbalance in the participation of women in leadership positions.
“very few women are in decision making positions because they have been disadvantaged from being groomed and later encouraged to participate as equal partners”, he said.
Mr Chikasa said it was gratifying that the local council has continued to implement gender programmes in rural parts of the Eastern province which have helped in empowering the women and girls with knowledge about empowerment.
“CCZ believes in raising young girls with positive thinking so that they can aspire for leadership positions in the future and address the gender inequalities in positions of power”, he said.