The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) has encouraged women to affiliate themselves to political parties matching their ideas and actively take up leadership roles.
ZNWL National Board Chairperson, Daisy Nkhata Ng’ambi, is hopeful that more women would position themselves for adoption or nomination.
Ng’ambi was, however, categorical that women could only be adopted or nominated if they worked hard and demonstrated commitment to the political party.
“Women need to be well positioned for adoption or nomination by working hard and demonstrating commitment to the political party,” she said in a statement issued on Saturday.
Ng’ambi said women already affiliated to political parties should rally behind, and support those with leadership qualities to be adopted as candidates during elections.
She encouraged them to utilise their influence, and the advantage of numbers, to ensure that they were represented in leadership positions not only within the political party, but also in national governance.
“Having large numbers of women in leadership positions at all levels will set a good precedent for the future,” according to Ng’ambi said.
She also encouraged women candidates who contested in the 2021 general elections but were not successful, to consider re-contesting as they now had the experience that would put them at an advantage in the coming election.
She called on women to register as voters, and encourage other women, especially those in politics, to take advantage of the continuous voter registration exercise that was currently taking place in most parts of the country.
“We wish to reiterate that women’s political participation enhances democracy, and promotes greater responsiveness to women, and citizen’s needs.
“Therefore, women everywhere should be desirous of political participation at various levels,” Ng’ambi said.
Meanwhile, Ng’ambi urged women who wish to contest in Presidential, Parliamentary, and Local Government elections in 2026 but do not have the necessary qualifications such as the grade 12 certificate, to quickly register to seat for the General Certificate in Education (GCE) examination.
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