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Zambian Women Lack Political Power

Lombe Chibesakunda, Permanent Human Rights Commission Chairperson in the African country of Zambia, publicly stated that “women in Zambia have continued to be under-represented at all level of decision making in government and other institutions in the communities”. While Zambian women constitute over half of the population and the majority of the voting population, less than 10% of Zambian women participate in the political decision making process. Chibesakunda cited several factors which contribute to this under-representation including, low education, negative traditional attitudes and stereotypes by society, women’s weak socio-economics status and woman’s inadequate skills and limited access to productive resources.

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Post of Zambia 16 October 2000