Beyond Inequalities: Women in Zambia
This gender profile of Zambia is an update and follow-up to the Beyond Inequalities: Women in Zambia
(BIWZ) that was published in 1998. Using mainly secondary data sources, this update presents socio-
economic and political data on women and men from 1998 to 2003 in selected areas of socio-economic
development. The first report presented socio-economic and political data on women and men for the
period of 18 years from 1980 to 1998. Since 1998, Zambia has developed and adopted a National Gender
Policy (NGP), which identifies the gender issues and concerns which need action to change the situation
and enable women and men to participate equally and equitably in the national development process. The
NGP recognises various international and regional conventions and agreements on the promotion of
women’s human rights and gender equality in development. This publication assesses the progress made
in relation to the implementation of the NGP, the Beijing Platform of Action (BPFA) commitments, and the
SADC Gender and Development Declaration.
The Beyond Inequalities books are part of a series on the status of women in southern Africa and
the initiatives to mainstream gender in development processes in the region. From 2002, SARDC
WIDSAA and its national partners organisations in the respective SADC countries have been updating
the Beyond Inequalities books on Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia,
Zimbabwe, and Southern Africa with financial support from Southern Africa Regional Office of HIVOS.
The rest of the books on Beyond Inequalities: 2005 Women in Botswana; Mozambique, Zimbabwe,
and South Africa are in different stages of production.
In particular, the information in the Beyond Inequalities books is targeted at policy makers,
researchers, academics, media, co-operating partners, development agencies, and the non-
The Beyond Inequalities series were first published between 1997 and 2000 by SARDC WIDSAA and