Women and youth from CCZ member churches gathered for a One-Day Capacity Building Workshop on Natural Resource Governance organised by the Social and Economic Justice Department, at Makeni’s Kingsley Mweenda Centre, Lusaka.
In his opening devotion CCZ Chaplain Rev. Fr. James Phiri, the participants were reminded about the Power and Strength of a Christian as taught by a women from the bibles like, Lydia and Hannah.
“As Christians, we need to sit, listen and focus on God to learn his plans like Lydia. Then, we need to take the challenge to respond as Hannah did, believing that God will take us to another level”. Fr. Phiri said.
And former CCZ SEJ Project Officer, Ms. Juliet Ilunga, addressed the participants on issues of Natural Resources in Zambia, its extraction and impact to lives of the people, especially on women and youth.
Ms Iliunga, who is Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Livelihoods Coordinator at Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), said through advocacy the community has the ability to advocate for change that is empowering, fair and inclusive as a way of benefiting from the natural resources in their various localities.
Mr. Adrian Mendoza, Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist Church, he encouraged everyone to take up the challenge and follow the “Way to Go Forward” points which highlight change of mindset, taking the challenge, making oneself knowledgeable and speak out.
“There is no such thing as small or big advocacy. As long as you identify a problem and you think you can do something about it, make it your personal advocacy. Start within yourself to bring change and it will definitely put others on board too”. Mr. Mendoza shared. (Story by Adrian Mendoza)