THE HYENA LAUGHS AT ITS VICTIMS

(Editor’s Note: the first section of this article is written by Levi Kabwato)

AROUND THE WORLD, Empathy is in short supply. Our ability to move past tragedy and forget them is quite alarming. The hashtags on social media have not made things easier as well. You can simply hashtag your message and feel you have done enough so you can move on with your life. Perhaps this should be fine, if you consider that a lot more goes ignored because, well, most people just do not have the time or strength to devote to every problem of the world.

Surely, however, there are things that can be done at a local level. There are various actions that can be taken in order to deal with social ills and other malaise in the pursuit of justice. It does not have to be earth-shattering – just simple expressions of Empathy that reveal what our African-ness is all about – Ubuntu/Umunthu.

I am because you are.

Where has the compassion gone? Where is the dignity? Where is the humanity? Granted, we are all living busy lives and are pre-occupied with our own aspirations and so on, but, when was the last time you had time for a stranger? When was the last time you put yourself in another’s shoes, to feel their pain and to make it better for them? Continue reading “THE HYENA LAUGHS AT ITS VICTIMS”

WOMEN MAY DETERMINE ZAMBIA ELECTIONS OUTCOME

 

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Photo Credit – Revolt Media

Zambia is set to go to a general election on the 11th of August with a record 6,698,372 registered voters. The interesting phenomenon is that 3, 372, 935 of that number are female voters while 3,325,437 are men. What this means in essence is that the 2016 general elections in Zambia, has more female voters than male voters. With a new constitutional provision that requires the winning presidential candidate to garner more than 50% of the votes, it is clearly evident that women will be the majority voters in this year’s election and ultimately determine the outcome.

The barriers and challenges that women face in male dominated societies are very real, in Zambia, women experience extreme poverty, livelihood failure and high incidences of disease especially in rural areas. Majority of women experience poverty in ways that reinforces their circumstances, limit their expectations and subjects them to high levels of physical, psychological and sexual violence that far exceeds any traditionally acceptable practices but have little access to protection. Continue reading “WOMEN MAY DETERMINE ZAMBIA ELECTIONS OUTCOME”

WHY WOMEN AND YOUTH MUST TURN UP TO VOTE.

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Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Director, Priscilla Isaacs

Voting is important in a democratic country such as Zambia, as it is the most basic, democratic right and responsibility of citizens. An active citizenry that values participation in political activities of the nation, enhances the democratic credentials of the country.

In the January 2015 presidential by-election, Zambia witnessed a countrywide decline in voter turnout. The 33% voter turnout statistic was the lowest ever recorded in the history of our elections. Thankfully, we have seen an increase in the number of newly registered voters since the Electoral Commission of Zambia began the exercise in September 2015, with a record 1.5 million new voters captured.

In-order to address voter apathy in the 11th August, 2016 general elections and ensure that both the old and new voters actually turn up in numbers to vote at their designated polling stations, there is need to sensitize the women and youth especially, on the importance of their role in the governance process and influence them to make a positive resolve to participate.

Women and young people make up the majority of the Zambian population hence, it is imperative that they contribute to giving the Zambian democracy its legitimacy and guiding force through active discussions, interest and involvement in political affairs. Continue reading “WHY WOMEN AND YOUTH MUST TURN UP TO VOTE.”