The Government of Republic of Zambia through the Gender in Development Division (GID) (formerly Ministry of Gender) working in collaboration with Zambia Statistics Agency (ZamStats), have been publishing the “Gender Status Report” to show the progress made towards implementing gender specific protocols and legislation. At the same time, the report provides information about the status of the country in terms of achieving gender equality and equity in various development sectors.
On 10th August 2021, the former Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, Her Honor Mrs. Inonge Mutukwa Wina virtually launched the Gender Status Report 2017-2019 in Lusaka, Zambia. The report is organised according to themes and sub-themes derived from a rigorous process of identifying regionally and internationally comparable parameters and frameworks. The authors have endeavored to highlight both legal and institutional frameworks as well as the status of progress towards a Zambia where every citizen is empowered to engage actively in social and economic activities for the period under review in this report.
In her remarks, Mrs. Inonge Mutukwa Wina said “the Gender Status Report 2017-2019 is very important because data and information are the bases for assessing the progress and the impact of developmental interventions. Empirical evidence (statistics) is the bed rock of quality and better decision-making processes at every level of society”. She further stated that the Gender Status Report is necessary because Constitution of Zambia (Amendment), No.2 of 2016, Chapter 1 of the Laws of Zambia, has provided for gender equity in Zambia. Therefore, this is supplemented by the enactment of various pieces of legislation to ensure effective mainstreaming of gender in all sector policies, plans, programmes, projects and outputs. The aim is to ensure equitable distribution and access to natural resources amongst women, men, girls, boys and people with disabilities.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia received support in the development of the 2017 – 2019 Gender Status Report (GSR) under the GIZ Strengthening the National-Regional Linkages (GIZ-SNRL) in SADC Programme, a partnership programme between SADC, European Union and German Government. This is in harmony with the objective of enhancing the domestication of regional instruments across SADC Member States. The GSR has been developed in line with the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development among other SADC instruments. Through a successful partnership with the Ministry of Gender, GIZ SNRL Programme has supported extensive capacity building workshops and trainings of various stakeholders on gender mainstreaming in areas such as gender statistics, monitoring and evaluation, data collection and interpretation, data management and development planning. Such capacity building measures created a conducive environment for the development of the latest Gender Status Report – a product that will not only guide development planning in Zambia but will also serve as a regional benchmark for gender-based approaches in development planning.
Her Excellency Dr. Sabine Lindemann, Head of EU cooperation and the Deputy Head of mission representing both European Union and German Government said in her remarks that the German Government as well as the European Union plays great importance on gender equality and equity. She said “We, the European Union and German Government very much appreciate the effort and willingness of the Zambian Government to create Zambia where everyone is equal irrespective of gender”. She added that the Government of the Republic of Zambia have been acting very responsive to insure gender equality. Apart from developing the Gender Status Report, the Seventh National Development plan and the Zambia vision 2030 and the creation of the Gender Equality Mission by the Zambia government has further enhanced the protection of women’s rights.
The report highlights not only the strides that the country has made so far, but also the critical challenges in its efforts towards achieving desired national, regional, and international gender mainstreaming outcomes. It casts light on existing inequalities across regions and in the population at large. Zambia has made significant progress in promoting the rights of girls and women. However, much more needs to be done to promote and attain gender equity.
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