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At 14%, Zambias Political Women Stir Controversy

Womens eNews - Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:45 GMT
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LUSAKA, Zambia (WOMENSENEWS)-Ruth Zozi, 47, dreams of becoming a member of parliament. But she says her dream will never come true because she is illiterate, poor and a woman. Zozi says she has searched for someone to connect her with women already in politics who could help mentor her, but her efforts have been in vain. So every day she leaves her home in Chawama, a compound of Lusaka, the capital here, early in the morning to sell her fish at the market for ${esc.dollar}1, ${esc.dollar}2 and ${esc.dollar}5.20. "There are women like us who really would love to join politics, but because there is no one to support us, we fail," she says. "I am [illiterate], poor and, above all, a woman. I don't think anyone would support me." Dando Mweetwa reports for Global Press Institute's Zambia News Desk. She aims for her stories to be a voice for the voiceless and generate positive change in her community.

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