Struggles of Zambian women in politics part 1

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Zambian Parliament has 16 women out of 150 MPs.

By Barbrah Musamba Chama Mumba

It is sadden rather depressing and distressing that in this 21st Century countless individuals, comprising women, still consider that a woman cannot perform proficiently in the same way as a man in politics.

This has led to some people never voting for a woman to be a leader. Must utter!! This deprives society of the talent to really promote integral development.

Women and men in our country (Zambia) have the same political rights: REGARDLESS. This being the case, why should women have lesser participation in politics? Political rights consist in the capacity of private citizens, women and men, to participate in government that’s and ends there.

Actually need I mention that the most important political right or privilege is the right to VOTE. And when it comes to voting, as a way of participating in politics, women are encouraged to vote, they are usually not discriminated against as voters. But the discrimination comes in when it is time to decide who should be the candidate and who should be voted for. In fact women do participate more in voting exercise, according to Electoral Commission of Zambia & European Union Election Mission Observation Reports the patterns shows 50.1 % of women and 49.9% to have been participated in that regard. On the other hand according to the information posted on The Zambian Parliament website out of 150 Members of Parliament 16 are women

I would like to urge our politicians, our political parties and indeed our government to take stronger action to promote the meaningful involvement of women in the coming year’s elections by ensuring that as far as possible, they increase the number of women candidates.

I will further appeal to all our Patriotic Zambian to take a more corrective view of women and to actively redress the injustices done to women in our politics. Additionally, I strongly urge our men in politics to change their attitude towards women.

Women, too, we have to transform our attitude towards each other and towards men. Yes women should be in politics but we need to be elected first (same as me or anyone else) and not forced upon the electorate, as some feminists are attempting to do . So the women who should belong in politics are the reasonable ones who are not driven by an agenda to control and overthrow – as most feminists in politics have done nothing than advance their own cause and in doing so successfully alienated most of the electorate that they are supposed to serve, mainly by their arrogance and domineering attitude, and their chosen method of bullying everyone into line with threats, lies and propaganda.

Literally they have mistaken their position of service for one of total and unmitigated power something that they seem never to learn from the past since many of our ‘sisters’ have been shot down in the past by the electorate over rash statements and bullying tactics.

 

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