Women for change on the 31st of October commemorated its 25th silver jubilee (anniversary) alongside the International Day of Rural Women (IDRW) an event which falls on the 15th of October every year.
This year’s International Day of Rural Women was commemorated under the theme “challenges and opportunities in climate resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.
Speaking at the event the Women for Change board chairperson Dr. Margaret Maimbolwa PhD said the IDRW honors the contribution of women through providing labour and processing or preservation of food security adding that it also recognizes their ability to contribute towards poverty reduction.
She said this year’s International Day of Rural Women is special in that it takes into consideration two other equally important international days that is the world food day which falls on the 16th of October as well as the united international day of the eradication of poverty on the 17th October, this in addition to the 25th anniversary of women for change which falls on the 6th October.
She pointed out the fact that Zambia is facing climate change, with rainfall patterns constantly shifting and soil fertility loss pausing a threat to rural food security and the fight against poverty.
The board chairperson further added that in Zambia, analysis by the rural-urban areas has shown that 89.4 percent of the house hold were engaged in agricultural activities in rural areas compared to 17.9 percent in urban areas according to the 2015 LCMS report, showing that there is need to recognize and appreciate the engagement of rural household in agriculture, while addressing the call to the effects of climate change, environmental degradation and soil degradation in Zambia.
She further said women need to have access to education and not just primary education but secondary and tertiary as it improves their ability to produce and make informed and better choices.