Saturday, May 16, 2009

(LUSAKATIMES) First Lady calls for active involvement of women in develpment programmes

First Lady calls for active involvement of women in develpment programmes
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 17:04

First Lady, Thandiwe Banda, has called on Women in the country to actively participate in programmes aimed at promoting economic growth and alleviating poverty.

Mrs Banda said women have the potential to contribute meaningfully to the development of key sectors of the economy, such as education and health, hence the need for their active participation in the implementation of programmes.

Mrs Banda was speaking during a fundraising luncheon for the Ministers’ Spouses Club at hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka today.

She challenged women to consider working towards making positive contributions to government efforts of improving the economic livelihood of the people in the country.

She said the Minister’s Spouse club remains committed to empower women in economic viable projects so as to enable them achieve economic independence.

She said the ministers’ spouses club would focus at supporting initiatives that will empower women with skills and tools for their involvement in economic viable projects.

The First Lady said the concept of empowering women with skills and tools would enable communities identify sustainable solutions to economic problems at local levels without relying on handouts.

Mrs. Banda also called on the business community to assist the ministers’ spouses club with its mandate of helping vulnerable people in various parts of the country.

ZANIS

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