U.S. Government Awards $25,000 to the Zambia National Women’s Lobby

Lusaka.  September 8, 2014.

Lusaka — The Embassy of the United States is proud to announce a $25,000 grant to the Zambian National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL), which will focus on increasing women’s involvement in local and national political structures. As part of the U.S. government’s Full Participation Fund, ZNWL’s project will target women in three constituencies, seeking to raise awareness about women’s issues in politics, increase representation in party structures, and enhance dialogue between female Members of Parliament and their constituents. The Full Participation Fund’s purpose is to advance gender equality and the status of women and girls in all foreign policy objectives, highlighting activities in women’s political and civic participation; women and the economy, and women, peace and security.

ZNWL plans to work with three female MPs from diverse constituencies and across party lines. ZNWL will also work in these constituencies with local party structures and representatives from all locally active political parties and movements.

As part of ZNWL’s yearlong program, women will receive training in how to increase involvement in local politics and how to address issues affecting women in their areas. These trainers will then work in their communities to fight voter apathy and increase awareness of women’s issues.

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to be able to work with ZNWL under the banner of the Full Participation Fund. In announcing the creation of the Fund in March 2013, U.S. Secretary of State expressed pride in working to integrate women’s issues into U.S. partnerships with countries across the world. This project is part of the U.S. Embassy’s broad, long-lasting commitment to the people of Zambia. Other projects include the creation of women’s economic empowerment organizations, programs aimed at combatting gender-based violence, and clinics to enhance women’s overall access to quality healthcare.

For further questions directed toward ZNWL, please contact Project Manager Emma Mwiinga at mwiinga.emma@gmail.com.