Women do not need to compete with men in actualizing their worth or potential — Inonge Wina

ZAMBIAN first female vice President Inonge Mutukwa Wina says there is need for women to realize their worth even as they aspire for the top leadership positions.

Mrs. Wina said, women do not need to compete with men in actualizing their worth or potential.

She said the biggest mistake some women make, is getting to top positions through patronage.

“So, when you are proud of yourself, you will not think that you have to be used in order to raise to a certain level because you know that you can do it on your own.” Said Wina.

When His Excellency the president Edgar Chagwa Lungu appointed me, he said, “I am appointing you as Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, so don’t forget the Gender Agenda”, which means he knows that women are very much disadvantaged, Mrs. Wina shared.

Her Honour the Vice President Inonge Wina, with Rose Sibisi Host and Founder of Styles With Roses

She observed that once women conquered fear, they would be empowered and have courage to do certain things.

The Vice President said this during a question and answer session at the 4th edition of the Revolution of an Independent Woman” event in Lusaka, which was attended by 100 women, mostly young and aspiring on Friday, November 15th.

She said her first encounter in active politics was during the 2001 elections when a number of women were selected to take part in electable politics.

“The interesting part is that I got a lot of support from women, Women in the villages.” Said Wina

“Our voices are few, in parliament, but I don’t see a push from you people, including young women who would show interest in being part of the decision making process.” as she emphasized on young women not to shy away from active politics.

Asked how she has managed to stand boldly and work tirelessly in a field that is predominantly make dominated, the Vice President said, it was not easy being a wife, parent or grandmother, while in the political office, as it could be quiet challenging. However it was fulfilling, she said.

“I am blessed and proud to be a women, and as women, we are blessed with extra abilities that enable us to balance demands, challenges, multiple tasks and responsibilities” Wina said, further encouraging women to be punctual with time, as there was no excuse to keeping time when it came to attending to anything be it event, work or a home.

She commended Rose Sibisi, Host and CEO for StylesWithRoses, for being a trendsetter in bringing all women to a platform that allowed them to exchange values, hold each other’s hands and aspire for more.

“I am excited to be here, because when I look around and look at the faces of these young women, it reminds me of who I was, some sixty years ago”, Mrs. Wina Said.

Asked what words of inspirations and encouragement she would give to the sixty years younger women, Her Honour the Vice President said “as you climb the ladder, don’t climb alone. As you climb the ladder, hold on, to other women.”

And, speaking at the same event, Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri challenged women to come out of isolation and work together towards fostering national development.

“If you are not part of the table, you are part the menu” Phiri said.

The minister said it is time for women to be part and parcel of the country’s growth through their action participation in top leadership positions.

She said this during the 4th edition of the Revolution of an Independent Woman event hosted by Rose Sibisi at Neelkanth Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Lusaka, on the 15th of November, 2019. The event was graced by her honour the Vice President Inonge Mutukwa Wina.

Meanwhile, ‘Revolution for an Independent Woman’ host and StylesWithRoses founder, Rose Sibisi notes that, women in key leadership and decision making roles have a very critical part to play in the growing of women inclusion in the eco-system. Ms. Sibisi explains that in order for women voices to be heard and included at decisions making tables, women do need to take on hard jobs like the vice president did.

Closing the event, the vice president Inonge Wina presented a cheque of K5, 000 from StylesWithRoses to Emedel Community School of Ngombe. SwR had pledged the amount to Emedel because of the commitment shown by its founder Mr. Zulu to equip young and upcoming entrepreneurs in Ngombe between 18 and 35 in developing their startup skills. Mr. Zulu and his team have helped many young men and women through Emedel by keeping them from vices such as drugs, early child marriages, prostitution and unemployment.

The donated K 5, 000 is seed capital from StyleWithRoses and will help buy a few pieces from what they can start with.

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