Livingstone, Southern Province
A 2 day workshop of the Zambia Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ZAGO) at Kaazemain Lodge in Livingstone of Southern Province has shade more light on women’s rights.
During the workshop, the facilitators explained that women lose their lives unceremoniously when delivering, hence their rights to conduct safe abortions on dangerous pregnancies.
And the facilitators however noted with concern the need for clearing the air on misconceptions, values and believes by various community members adding that the traditions and its beliefs if left unchecked, can have the potential to lead to the unsafe living standards of a woman.
Choma Maanu’s Cholwe M Cornhill reports that ZAGO clarified that women are allowed to terminate the pregnancy occurred as a result of rape or incest among other reasons even without consultations from their husbands.
One of the facilitators, Dr cyimana added that a woman has a right to choose how many children she wants, spacing of children and who she want to be the father of the children without being harassed even in a defined marriage.
In a scenario which sounded unusual to the African or Zambian community, Dr cyimana said human rights are fundamental titles which are given to anyone by virtual of being a human of which women should not be denied.
The Zambia Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ZAGO) is a professional membership Organisation founded on the need to advocate for the provision of high quality sexual reproductive services to women and adolescent girls.
Founded in 2005 and officially registered in 2006, ZAGO has since its inception been advocating countrywide for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR.
The organisation is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynaecology through: Continuing Medical Education (CME), Research, Advocacy, and Policy influence.
ZAGO envisions a Zambia where all women and adolescent girls attain the highest standards of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).