Zambia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Christine Kalamwina says increased girls’ education remains a critical component in the promotion of gender equality and the economic empowerment of women.
Ms. Kalamwina says Government has prioritized the enrolment of girls into schools through the retention of girls in schools as a catalyst of making education universally accessible to girls.
She said Zambia has subsequently enacted a law that has made it mandatory for schools to enrol children on an equal number of boys and girls at entry level to bridge up the education gender gap.
Ms Kalamwina said this when she addressed UN Member States on Agenda Item 29, Advancement of Women at the on-going 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
She noted that Zambia has sustained her campaign for improved girls’ education at the United Nations (UN) to enable sustainable social and economic development.
Ms Kalamwina however stated that Government has commenced the distribution of free sanitary towels in rural and peri-urban schools to ensure there is a reduction of the number of girls dropping out of school at the onset of menstruation in the country.
This is contained in a statement issued to ZNBC by the First Secretary for Press at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations Wallen Simwaka.