ILO calls for recognition of role of women in society

October 1, 2009 10:18 pm 

LUSAKA, Oct. 2 — An official from the International Labor Organization (ILO) has said there was need for stakeholders to recognize the role women played in society, the Zambian News and Information Service (ZANIS) reported on Thursday.

ILO Country Director in Zambia Gerry Finnegan said during an open market at the ILO offices in Lusaka on Thursday that women had "greatly contributed to the economic development of the country despite the global economic crisis".

The open market was the culmination of the month of woman entrepreneur which was organized by the Zambia Federation of Association of Women in Business (ZFAWIB), ZANIS said.

The ILO Chief said any activities aimed at empowering Zambians must be supported to enhance economic development in the country, adding that such activities were important as they unite women to share their knowledge and skills on important issues that were aimed at improving the living standards of the Zambian people.

Speaking at the same occasion, ZFWIB Chairperson Director Christine Mulundika said the main aim of the open market was to promote the various products that women were producing in the country.

This year's celebrations of the month of the woman ran under the theme "Creating Empowerment amid the Global Economic Crisis", according to ZANIS. (PNA/Xinhua)

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