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Beyond Inequalities: Women in Zambia

SARDC and the Women In Development Southern Africa Awareness Programme


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This gender profile of Zambia is an update and follow-up to the Beyond Inequalities: Women in Zambia (BIWZ) that was published in 1998. Using mainly secondary data sources, this update presents socio-economic and political data on women and men from 1998 to 2003 in selected areas of socio-economic development. The first report presented socio-economic and political data on women and men for the period of 18 years from 1980 to 1998. Since 1998, Zambia has developed and adopted a National Gender Policy (NGP), which identifies the gender issues and concerns which need action to change the situation and enable women and men to participate equally and equitably in the national development process. The NGP recognises various international and regional conventions and agreements on the promotion of women's human rights and gender equality in development. This publication assesses the progress made in relation to the implementation of the NGP, the Beijing Platform of Action (BPFA) commitments, and the SADC Gender and Development Declaration.

The Beyond Inequalities books are part of a series on the status of women in southern Africa and the initiatives to mainstream gender in development processes in the region. From 2002, SARDC WIDSAA and its national partners organisations in the respective SADC countries have been updating the Beyond Inequalities books on Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Southern Africa with financial support from Southern Africa Regional Office of HIVOS. The rest of the books on Beyond Inequalities: 2005 Women in Botswana; Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa are in different stages of production.

In particular, the information in the Beyond Inequalities books is targeted at policy makers, researchers, academics, media, co-operating partners, development agencies, and the non-governmental sector.

The Beyond Inequalities series were first published between 1997 and 2000 by SARDC WIDSAA and its national partner organisations. The Royal Netherlands Government Directorate of International Cooperation (DGIS) through its regional WID programme in Zimbabwe funded production of the 13-book series which comprises: Beyond Inequalities: Women Angola; Para alР№m das Desigualdades a Mulher em Angola; Beyond Inequalities: Women Botswana; Beyond Inequalities: Women Lesotho; Beyond Inequalities: Women Malawi; Beyond Inequalities: Women Mauritius; Beyond Inequalities: Women Mozambique; Para alР№m das Desigualdades a Mulher em MoР·ambique; Beyond Inequalities: Women Namibia; Beyond Inequalities: Women South Africa; Beyond Inequalities: Women Swaziland; Beyond Inequalities: Women Tanzania; Beyond Inequalities: Women Zambia; Beyond Inequalities: Women Zimbabwe; and Beyond Inequalities: Women Southern Africa (Para alР№m das Desigualdades a mulher na Р‘frica Austral)

It is our sincere hope in SARDC WIDSAA that these books will be useful tools towards the processes to gender equality, equity, and justice in the southern African countries.

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