Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi says 20 thousand women will be empowered this year under the Jewel project.
Ms Kabanshi says the project which was launched last year, empowered 12 thousand women with 2, 000-kwacha grants each and mobile phones.
She further explains that 40, thousand women will benefit from the project in 2019, the third and final phase.
Ms Kabanshi has told ZNBC News that it is the resolve of the government to ensure that women are not left behind.
She said this is why 400 thousand of the 590 thousand people that received the social cash transfer were women.