Government under the ministry of gender and women in development with the guidance of gender and child development division has developed a national gender monitoring and evaluation plan for 2011 to 2015 to guide collection, analysis, use and dissemination of information.
The national monitoring and evaluation plan for 2011 to 2015 will enable stakeholders track progress made in achieving gender equality and empowerment of women for enhanced and informed decision making.
The plan further articulates the linkages, reporting relationships, and indicators used to measure outputs, outcomes, and impact of national gender mainstreaming interventions.
Speaking at the launch of the African gender development index for Zambia today, deputy minister of gender and women in development emerine kabanshi has noted that one of the greatest challenges in the efforts to address gender inequalities at various levels, has been the lack of sex disaggregated data.
Mrs. kabanshi has stressed that accessing timely and reliable data, especially gender data is important for policy formulation, planning and achieving results.
She has pointed out that the lack of disaggregated data is a serious impediment to tracking progress and reporting on the achievements that Zambia has made in addressing gender inequalities.
Speaking at the same launch united nations resident coordinator dr olusegun babaniyi has noted that Zambia is still faced with several challenges such as low representation of women in parliament, low number of females completing secondary schools and low levels of women’s participation in labour force.
Dr babaniyi also noted that the country has an opportunity in the work of the upcoming constitution review to ensure that measures are put in the new constitution to enshrine the rights of women, by firstly removing clauses which negate women empowerment in personal and customary law.
She has further called on Zambia to domesticate international and regional instruments on gender and development including the convention on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the convention on the rights of the child, the African union protocol on gender and development and the SADC protocol on gender and development.She says once ratified the instruments, Zambia must put in measures to monitor the implementation of the targets set out in the international and regional instruments