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Gender And Politics: The Zambia National Women’s Lobby Group In The 2001 Tripartite Elections

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Women in national Zambian politics have long been seen as having played an essential, but largely supportive, role. There is a sense in which the African tradition of viewing women as mere supporters of the male-dominated society has permeated the literature on and discussion of the nationalist struggle. The question that remains unanswered is why women are presented as followers rather than leaders in their own right. Arguably, therefore, when the Zambia National Women's Lobby Group (ZNWLG) and the Zambia Women Writers Association (ZAWWA) decided to collaborate on the project they were embarking on a project that would highlight the important role that women play in politics and governance. The ZNWLG decision to lobby for women's participation in post colonial political processes was informed by the concept of power, which &t;denotes the control over material asserts, intellectual resources and ideology&t;.

Keywords: intellectual resources; material asserts; Zambia national women's lobby group (ZNWLG); Zambia Women Writers Association (ZAWWA)



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