LUSAKA, Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina has expressed concerned that most programmes meant to benefit women are not bearing fruit and has reiterated the need to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation capacity to assess how the various policies are impacting the lives of women and girls.

Speaking when the United Nations Women Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, called on her here Thursday, Wina said there was a need to ensure that useful data were collected so that the government was able to understand the dynamics which were preventing women from taking their rightful positions in the social-economic development of the country.

She said the latest poverty index profile showed that most women in Zambia lived in poverty owing to various factors, including lack of education.

Derex-Briggs said she was happy that Zambia had made progress in promoting the welfare of women in the country. During her visit to Zambia, she had visited the Chief Chamuka chiefdom in Chisamba in Central Province, which she said revealed a positive story of what the traditional leader was doing in the 203 villages in his chiefdom.

The UN Country Representative, Janet Rogan, promised to help strengthen capacity and co-ordination using available UN systems in Zambia.