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Government Promotes Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership in Accounting

Technology and Science Minister Felix Mutati emphasized the government’s commitment to fostering gender equality and empowering women in leadership roles during his address at the 2023 Women In Accounts Forum. 

Minister Mutati commended the growing presence of women in diverse leadership positions spanning both the public and private sectors.

Expressing gratitude to women who have demonstrated notable entrepreneurial and financial growth in the accounting sector, Minister Mutati highlighted the government’s role in creating an enabling environment for women.

He recognized the substantial contributions women make to the sector and reiterated the government’s dedication to supporting their endeavors.

Addressing a digital gender gap outlined in the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) assessment report, Minister Mutati urged the association to develop comprehensive solutions that extend beyond digital literacy. 

He revealed plans for the 2024 budget allocation to focus on digital infrastructure growth, including the establishment of digital transformation centers in all districts. This initiative aims to bring government incentives closer to the people, particularly benefiting women.

Minister Mutati provided updates on the government’s progress in enacting the start-up bill and encouraged extensive input from women during the consultative forum. 

He also highlighted the government’s support for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), noting the high performance of girls in these fields.

Zambia Institute of Chartered Accounts (ZICA) President Yande Siame, speaking at the forum, emphasized the event’s crucial role in providing a platform for women accountants to network, share experiences, and celebrate achievements in the accounting profession. 

Ms. Siame applauded ZICA’s efforts to promote gender equality and diversity within the accounting profession, fostering professional growth and leadership potential aligned with sustainable development goals.

Ms. Siame acknowledged the institute’s advocacy for policies and practices encouraging the inclusive participation of women accountants, contributing to overall economic development. 

She also highlighted the emergence of innovative solutions accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the introduction of progressive hybrid digital working environments in the sector.

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