By BUUMBA CHIMBULU
A conference meant to enhance the contribution of women in the manufacturing industry while appreciating them for braving the current economic disruption will take place today.
Under the auspices of the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM), the conference will create a platform for dialogue and partnership among women from different sectors including manufacturing and financial sectors.
To be celebrated under the theme in line with the United Nation theme for the 2021 International Women’s Day– “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” the conference will be graced by the Vice president, Inonge Wina.
The platform will be used mainly to appreciate the women who are braving the odds in the manufacturing industry and overcoming gender stereotypes, says ZAM Business Development and Membership Officer, Sopani Muzumara.
Ms Muzumara said the conference will celebrate the efforts of women in the manufacturing, engineering, financial sectors and other key strategic institutions supporting the manufacturing sector directly or indirectly.
Ms Muzumara observed that women represented one of the largest pools of untapped talent for manufacturers. ZAM, she said, in this women’s month had several initiatives that it would be undertaking to elevate women to a more competitive place in the manufacturing sector.
Ms Muzumara said with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all sectors of the economy, it was bringing about numerous challenges that had changed the world.
The 2021 International Women’s Day campaign however stated that, a challenged world was an alert world, and from challenge comes change.
She said the challenges that the pandemic was raising were therefore seen as opportunities that should be leveraged upon to re-invent and innovate the role of women in industry and overcome the economic disruptions that the Covid-19 crisis was imposing.