Deputy Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Eng Stella Manyanya said in Dar es Salaam yesterday at an event to mark the commemoration of CRDB Bank International Women Day that the government recognises bank’s efforts to support women empowerment programmes.
During the event, CRDB Bank donated 20m/- to the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) for the construction of girls’ dormitories across the country, an initiative seen to create conducive learning environment in a bid to promote the quality of education.
“Through its various products and services CRDB Bank has been playing the fundamental role in empowering and realising women dreams in life,” she said and urged other institutions to emulate the bank’s example.
Eng Manyanya said the International Women’s Day is an opportunity to look at how far all the stakeholders have come in delivering gender equality.
It is also a chance to consider the best ways to continue toward true parity the 2016 theme call upon on How to Pledge for Parity in the workplace, she said.
She challenged women to make effective use of the opportunities from financial services to access loans to start and expand their businesses to contribute to economic growth.
On her part, the CRDB Bank Deputy Managing Director Ms Esther Kitoka said in recognition of the CRDB Bank’s International Women Day, some counters will be set aside in all its branches to serve women only.
She said promoting gender balance and equality is given top priority with women employed by the CRDB Bank constituting 44 per cent of the total number of employees. The bank is a home for more than two million employees.
“Women should make use of the Women Access to Finance Initiative (WAFI) and MALKIA account to access various financial products and services in order to realise their dreams in life,” she said.