Press Release

United Nations Congratulates Zambia on Election of First Female Speaker

04 September 2021

Lusaka, 04 September 2021

The United Nations (UN) in Zambia congratulates Zambia and all Members of Parliament in particular, on the election of Lusaka Lawyer Nelly Mutti as the country’s first female Speaker of the National Assembly.

“Mrs. Mutti’s election as Zambia’s first female speaker demonstrates commitment to advance gender equality, particularly by increasing the number of women in key decision-making positions and female empowerment as a whole,” said UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Dr. Coumba Mar Gadio.  

“Zambia needs to work at ending the underrepresentation of women. The country needs to make progress on national, regional, and global commitments including the African Union Agenda 2063 which calls for ensuring the effective participation of women in decision-making as well as the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development which advocates for 50/50 gender representation in decision-making positions,” added Dr. Gadio.

With 2021 marking the 26th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which advocates for the inclusion of women in decision-making, it is hoped that Zambia will continue taking practical steps to ensure that more women meaningfully participate in politics and other sectors of society, especially as leaders.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Maseko
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lusaka
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United Nations Congratulates Zambia on Election of First Female Speaker

Mark Maseko

Mark Maseko

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