The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) is a non-partisan, non-profit making and membership driven non-governmental organization committed to the equal representation and participation of women in decision making at all levels. ZNWL was formed in 1991 to respond to the persistent exclusion of women from decision making processes and the increasing gender imbalances in the representation of women in government departments, political parties, the public and private sectors.
The mandate of the Zambia National Women’s Lobby is to promote the representation and participation of women at all levels of decision making through advocacy, lobbying and capacity building of women in order to enable them influence decisions on development issues.
The vision of ZNWL is “A nation with women and girls fully present in leadership roles and actively involved in decision making processes.”
ZNWL has over 5,000 members countrywide who are 18 years and above.
About 95 percent of these members are female and five percent are men.
The Organisation is spearheaded by a fourteen member National Board consisting six Executive Board members and ten Provincial Board Members. The National Board is elected at a General Assembly every four years.
The National Office which is the Secretariat is run by the Executive Director, Programme Officers; Finance and Administrative Staff.
The organisation is guided by a constitution and other policy documents that facilitate the attainment of the organisation’s goals.
As a way of incorporating women in the rural communities, ZNWL has chapters in all the 10 provinces of Zambia. The Chapters are headed by District Executive Committees.
Membership is open to all women and men who believe in the equal representation of women and men in decision making positions at all levels.
2012-2016 KEY PRIORITY AREAS
- Capacity of women and girls to take up leadership positions in different political and socio-economic fields.
- Effectively influence policies on women and girls representation in decision making processes through research, lobbying and advocacy.
- Build strong partnerships, knowledge and information exchange platforms on women and girls representation and participation in decision making.
- Engagement of men and boys as change agents for gender equality and promotion of women and girls representation and participation in decision making.
- Capacity building of members to facilitate the participation and representation of women and girls in decision making at various levels.
KEY ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED BY ZNWL
- Capacity Building of female Councillors and Members of Parliament
- Capacity building of female aspiring candidates local government and parliamentary level
- Women in Politics Forums
- Engagement with Political Party leaders
- Women Campaign support Fund
- Election Monitoring and Analysis
- Lobbying and Advocacy
- Gender Audit of the Public and Private Sectors
- Research on female pupil’s poor performance in Mathematics, Science and Technology subjects in public secondary schools.