gender – Women for Change Women and Men - Equal Partners in Development! Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:49:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CONSTRUCTION OF THE POULTRY AND GUEST’S HOUSE UNDERWAY Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:49:43 +0000 Read More

Women for Change (WfC) as a gender focused non-governmental organisation that builds capacities in rural communities by focusing on rural development as well as gender development has planned various ways of ensuring that development is made possible in rural communities it works with.

Therefore Women for Change has embarked on the construction of the poultry and the guest’s room at WfC development Centre in Mumbwa to support and foster development.

Speaking in an interview during the Women for Change 25th anniversary (silver jubilee) celebration supported by COADY,  in Mumbwa, Mr. Patrick Phiri a brick layer who is also a youth member of WfC of Chibila area commended women for change for the support and empowerment rendered to him.

Patrick Phiri

Mr. Phiri also recognized WfC’s support as the reason his able to manage and sustain his family as well as pay for his school through brick laying, in which WfC has fully contributed to by offering brick laying training.

“I can now provide for my family and also pay the required fees for my school in the programme am doing all because of the help I have received from WfC “said Mr. Phiri.

Mr. Phiri among other members of WfC who are members of the rural communities have been supported and trained in their various skills by WfC in order to better their lives, thereby achieving sustainable human development in the communities.

WfC has worked with the rural communities in its operational areas as well as other parts of Zambia since its inception in 1992.It has worked with five provinces namely Southern, Eastern, Lusaka and Western province covering 12 districts.

And for organizational sustainability WfC offers training to members of the community in different areas which in turn empowers the people of the society, these includes advocacy, human rights training and community mobilization among others. WfC  works to attain its vision through upholding its belief  that  a society where there is gender equality in economic, social, cultural and political aspects is close to achieving sustainable development.

By:Mystery Musonda


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WfC Board Chairperson honors the contribution of rural women to poverty reduction Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:57:59 +0000 Read More

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.

Dr. Margaret Maimbolwa PhD

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.

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