Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Rev Suzanne Matale has urged women in church to vie for positions of power in politics.
The call was made during a one day women’s symposium organized by the department of Accountable Governance under the theme “Building capacity for women to participate in governance processes”.
Addressing the women Rev Matale advised them to use their ability to influence change because they have unique leadership qualities which include trustworthiness, commitment and hard working in pursuit of their leadership interests.
And at the end of the meeting, the participants agreed through a joint communiqué issued to
support each other especially those vying for various political positions including elective positions which have been dominated by men for a long time.
The women expressed concerned with the continued intimidation and fear of harassment because of deliberately perpetuated political violence has stopped women from participating in governance processes adding that violence reduces the confidence of women and further undermines their dignity.
The women acknowledged the lack of access to financial opportunities which is vital in today’s society if one has to aspire for political leadership including the church has resulted in them being undermined greatly. They called upon financial institutions to support women to gain financial freedom through empowerment to allow improved possibilities of election to leadership positions at all levels across the country.
“We have agreed to mobilize more women to support those eyeing for political leadership through a strategy that will promote them to get into leadership positions”, the women said.
The women further stated that they are committed to increasing the awareness and sensitization of men to ensure that there is adequate information on the need to support women aspiring for leadership.