From Lusaka Times:
It is clear that many women in Zambian politics, ancient and modern played and have continued to play a crucial role in shaping Zambia’spolitical destiny.
This fact, though rarely appreciated, can be seen not only on the fading pages of Zambian political history, but also in the current skirmishing manouevres to increase the number of women in politically-sensitive decision-making roles.
Many women, and rightly so are asking for more political space to show-off their wares.
In terms of political party hierarchies, however, not many women have seen the upper echelons of power.
In modern times, one Edith Nawakwi has arisen with the clouds. She was thrust into the lime-light during the glory-days of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).
Hitherto an unknown marketeer at Northmead Market, Nawakwi soon became a force to reckon with by Kenneth Kaunda’s United National Independence Party (UNIP).