Zambia is ranked by the UN as among 11 most underdeveloped countries in world. The intersections of poverty, HIV/AIDS and harmful traditional practices create especially difficult circumstances for women. Zambian women still have restricted access to education, economic opportunities, health facilities and social freedoms.
- 94% of land lies under the jurisdiction of traditional leaders
- Usually land, animals and even income from women’s labour are controlled by men
- Common lands and water resources are completely controlled by men
Lack of access to health care
- Over 50% of rural communities do not have access to a health facility within 5km and many are up to 20km away
- Only 47% of births are attended by a skilled health worker at health institutions
- Zambia has one of highest rates of maternal mortality in the world
- Early marriage and early pregnancy are common; 35% of girls give birth before the age of 18
Poor food security and nutrition
- 85% of the population in Zambia depends on agriculture for subsistence
- 70% of the population do not have reliable access to food
- Food insecurity is exacerbated by HIV and AIDS, drought, floods leading to crop failures and environmental degradation
Womankind’s work in Zambia
Our work in Zambia focuses on:
- Building the capacity of women’s rights organisations so that they can increase their impact
- Increasing participation and representation of women in decision-making
Our achievements in Zambia
Womankind’s partners, Women for Change and the Zambian National Women’s Lobby have had a significant impact on women’s lives in Zambia.
Our two partners have:
- Increased access to basic rights for rural communities
- Established successful seed multiplication programmes and improved access to markets for women farmers who have grown in confidence and proven to their families and communities that they can be efficient producers and good businesswomen
- Lobbied effectively for the participation of women in decision making, contributing to the increase in the number of women in parliament from 19 to 24 in the last election (2006)
- Established an extremely popular programme in schools, Girl’s Leadership Clubs, to build girls confidence, life skills and leadership skills – 30 have been established so far and there is demand for more.
How you can help
£111 can pay for an aspiring woman candidate to attend a two day workshop on campaigning for political office, political procedures, media skills, and confidence building skills
Help women lead the change in their communities.