In a world of constant and rapid change, one thing that remains little unchanged over time is the state of inequality between the female and male genders.

Commemorating the International Women’s Day (IWD) in an environment rife with disruption, uncertainty and loss arising from the COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a fresh realization of the disadvantaged status of women against men in many spheres of life and a renewed urgency for change. In this pandemic, women have once more taken on disproportionately higher responsibilities as care givers, community organisers, health care workers and leaders in the fight against this vicious disease. Hence, they are more on the frontlines of exposure.

Alive to the pivotal responsibility it holds as a company whose business is rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and how its actions and practices can change the trajectory of the future of girls and women in Zambia, the Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) has chosen to use its power to actively champion the voice of women throughout the month of March.

“CEC is dedicating the month of March to the celebration and recognition of girls and women as our female employees raise a rallying call for meaningful and real change by expressing their thoughts about the different challenges that need to be confronted to get to a place where tomorrow’s woman will not be inhibited from pursuing her highest potential simply because of her gender,” said Managing Director, Owen Silavwe, in raising the curtain on the Company’s “The Power to Challenge” Women’s Celebration Month campaign.

Pledging to channel his position of influence to promote gender equity and diversity in CEC and beyond, Silavwe has warned that the full potential of our communities, businesses and the nation would not be realised if the innovation born from harnessing the energy and creativity of women is not harnessed.

CEC has long demonstrated its commitment to advancing gender inclusivity and diversity by granting equal access to opportunities in the Company and recognising the differences in men and women in a manner that positively supports those differences to harness their strengths.

The month-long campaign speaks to the 2021 IWD campaign theme #ChooseTo Challenge because “a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change.”


For further information, contact:
Chama S. Nsabika
Senior Manager Corporate Communication
+260 212 244914
+260 966 792922
[email protected]

About CEC

The Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) is a licensed power generation, transmission, distribution and supply company whose core business is the supply of power to the copper mines based in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia and some mining companies in the DRC in conjunction with that country’s state utility, SNEL. CEC wheels power through its network on behalf of ZESCO Ltd in the Copperbelt, owns and operates a transmission interconnection with the DRC, over 1,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines and 43 substations across the Copperbelt.

CEC has five incorporated subsidiaries – CEC-Kabompo Hydro Power Limited (CEC-KHPL), CEC DRC Sarl, CECInnoVent South, InnoVent-CEC North and Power Dynamos Sports Limited (PDSL). CEC-KHPL is the special purpose vehicle through which CEC is developing the Kabompo Gorge hydroelectric power project in Mwinilunga District of the NorthWestern Province of Zambia, while CEC DRC Sarl is a special purpose vehicle incorporated to secure the power trading segment and grow the Company’s interest in the DRC market. PDSL is a special purpose vehicle which runs Power Dynamos Football Club. CEC’s two solar PV projects in Garneton, Kitwe, are being developed through the CEC-InnoVent South and InnoVentCEC North special purpose vehicles.

CEC is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange and is a member of the Southern African Power Pool.