The ZNWL, at its formation in 1991 articulated a number of organizational objectives that would guide the operations of the organization and act as yardsticks for measuring its success in contributing towards improving the status of women through  participation in important decision-making processes

1. To promote equal representation and participation of women and men in decision-making at national and community levels through advocacy, lobbying and capacity building;

2. To cultivate and promote a culture of gender equality and respect for human rights of women by promoting changes in attitudes, language, procedure and law through advocacy, lobbying and civic education;

3. To build capacity of its members who are mostly women in various issues including gender, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, human rights, economic empowerment.


4. To build the capacities of the Zambia National Women’s Lobby staff to implement its programmes effectively at national and chapter levels through the increase in membership, training and resource mobilization..

The vision of ZNWL as outlined in its Strategic Plan is, “A nation with women and girls fully present in leadership roles and actively involved in decision making processes at all levels.

ZNWL’s mission as outlined in the Strategic Plan is ““to support Zambian women and girls to proactively take up leadership roles and actively participate in the development of the Nation, through capacity building, policy advocacy and lobbying.



The Zambia Women’s (ZNWL) is a non parsan, non-profit making and membership driven non-governmental organizaon formed in 1991.


The organizaon was formed against the background of persistent discriminaon
against women and the deliberate and widespread gender imbalances in government, political pares and other public and private institutions.

This was found to be incompable with human rights principles, democracy,
good governance and sustainable development.The mandate of ZNWL is to promote the representaon and parcipaon of women at all levels of decision-making through advocacy, lobbying and capacity building of women in order to enable them influence decisions on developmental issues.

ZNWL has over 7,000 members countrywide who are 18 years and above.
About 95% of these members are women, while 5% are men.


Our 20 year plus in Zambia has an impressive legacy, and this plan will continue to build on the remarkable work we have already achieved.

Improve the capacity of ZNWL members to facilitate the parcipaon and representaon of women and girls in decision making at various levels.
Improve the capacity of women and girls to effecvely parcipate in taking up leadership posions in different polical and socio- economic fields

Strengthen ability to effecvely influence policies on women and girl’s representaon and parcipaon in decision making processes through lobbying and advocacy

Enhance knowledge and information exchange plaorms on women and girls’ representaon and parcipaon in decision making, mobilise and involve men and boys in strengthening the advocacy for gender equality.