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Salam zangu za siku ya Wanawake Duniani

Salam zangu za siku ya Wanawake Duniani

Ninawatakia wanawake wenzangu‎ Ulimwenguni kote, Heri ya Siku ya Mwakamke

a7caeb96fbdcd21385508290de4f359f“Wanawake Tunapashwa Kuona Jinsia yetu kama rasilimali na sio Dhima”. ( Women should view their gender as a resource rather than a liability) – MJ

Ningependa kutumia fursa hii kama Dada, Mke, Mama, mfanyakazi, Mwanaharakati na mjasiliamali kuwapongeza wanawake wote kwa kuadhimisha siku hii muhimu ya kuwaenzi wanawake wote ulimwenguni.

historia ya Maisha yangu, ni kielelezo cha maisha ya wanawake wengi ulimwenguni wanaopitia changamoto mbalimbali.‎ Nililelewa katika mazingira kandamizi ya Jinsia ya kike-kwenye jamii ambayo mtoto wa kiume alipewa nafasi ya kipekee katika masuala mbalimbali dhidi ya mtoto wa kike…Kwa mfano kipaumbele cha kupata elimu walipewa watoto wa kiume wakati watoto wa kike wakitarajiwa kushughulika na kazi za nyumbani, kupika,kuchota maji na kusaidia shughuli za kilimo na hatimaye kuolewa. Bibi yangu (Apumzike kwa Amani) alikuwa mhanga wa mfumo huo kandamizi.

Kwa taabu alizopita Bibi yangu alijiwekea nadhiri kwamba Mjuu wake, hatopitia shida alizopitia yeye…na hivyo siku zote alikuwa akiniasa kwamba “Niyu (jina langu la nyumbani),Unaweza kila kitu kinachofanywa na mtoto wa Kiume”. Aliniimarisha kifikra na kiakili. Na siku zote alikuwa na msemo wake “Niyu Kasome, Ukasome umshinde Babu yako, Usije kuwa unanyanyasika kama sisi”- ushauri wake ndio ulikuwa dira yangu ya maisha ambapo nilisoma kwa bidii na kufanikiwa kuhitimu shahada ya uzamili katika masuala ya fedha kutoka Chuo Kikuu cha Strathclyde cha Uingereza. Hadi hivi leo, sauti ya Bibi haijakoma masikioni mwangu, sijaacha kutafuta elimu na maarifa ya masuala mbalimbali yanayohusu maendeleo katika jamii…ni kwa sababu hiyo nilipata mafunzo ya muda mfupi ya uongozi na majadiliano kutoka Chuo kikuu cha Harvard cha nchini Marekani. Nitaendelea kuitafuta Elimu na pia kusaidia wenzangu, sababu naamini moja ya njia ya Mwanamke kujikomboa katika ukandamizaji wa kijinsia ni kuongeza kiwango cha elimu kwake mwenyewe na kwa wanawake wenzake.

Waswahili wana msemo usemao maisha ni shule…..msemo huu nimeuishi katika maisha yangu ya baada ya masomo. Nimefanya kazi katika mashirika mbalimbali yasiyo ya kiserikali na sekta binafsi. nimefanya kazi na taasisi ya ISHI iliyokuwa inashughulikia masuala ya Ukimwi, baada ya hapo nimefanya pia katika kampuni‎ ya Philips Medical Systems ya Uholanzi na baadaye nimefanya kazi kampuni ya mawasiliano ya Maktech. Kwote nilipopita nimekumbana na changamoto mbalimbali zilizohusiana na jinsia yangu. Utekelezaji wa majukumu yangu ulinilazimu kuwa na mikutano na watu mbalimbali Serikalini na kwenye taasisi za fedha ambapo watu niliokuwa nakutana nao ni wanaume ambao baadhi yao wamekuwa na mawazo ya mfumo dume yaliyojaa dharau na manyanyaso. Wengine kwenye fikra zao wanadhani mwanamke yeyote mwenye mafanikio, iwe kwenye biashara, siasa, ajira, lazima anabebwa na wanaume.‎ Wakiona mwanamke amefanikiwa tu, utasikia..huyu ‘hawala wa fulani’. hii ni dhana potofu na inayolenga kumdhalilisha na kumnyanyasa mwanamke.

Mimi binafsi sikukubali kuyumbishwa na watu wenye mawazo ya aina hiyo. Kila nilipokumbana na changamoto za aina hiyo nilipata hamasa ya kufanya kazi kwa bidii zaidi na kuwadhihirishia kwamba NINAWEZA, ilee sauti ya bibi ndio ilikuwa ikinitia hamasa zaidi na zaidi na hatimaye kuniwezesha kufanya vizuri hadi kufikia kuaminiwa kupewa majukumu makubwa zaidi kama vile Mkurugenzi Mkuu katika kampuni ya Mokasi Medical Systems ambayo ni wakala wa kampuni ya Philips ya Uholanzi. Hasama hiyo iliniwezesha pia kuanzisha kampuni yangu inayotoa Huduma za kifedha – Monfinance Investment Group Ltd. Mbali na shughuli hizo nimeweza pia kuchaguliwa kuwa mjumbe wa Bodi ya wakurugenzi ya FINCA Microfinance Tanzania.

Kwa ujumla siku zote za maisha yangu nimejihusisha na harakati za kupigania haki za wenye shida na mahitaji katika jamii kutokana na msingi niliojengewa na bibi yangu wa kukataa unyonge na kusaidia wanyonge. Hurka hiyo ndio ilipelekea ajira yangu ya kwanza kuwa kwenye taasisi ya uhamasishaji wa masuala ya ukimwi ya ISHI. Niliguswa kujihusisha na kampeni hizo kwasababu binafsi nimepoteza ndugu, jamaa na marafiki kutokana na ugonjwa huo. Mbali na ISHI,nimekuwa nikijihusisha na kampeni ya kuzuia mauaji ya watu wenye ulemavu wa ngozi (Albino) iitwayo IMETOSHA. Ni jambo la udhalilishaji uliopitiliza kuwakata binadamu wenzetu viongo vyao kwa imani za kishirikina. Pia nimeshiriki kwenye uhamasishaji wa magonjwa yasiyojulikana (Rare diseases).‎

Tunaposherehekea siku ya Mwanamke duniani rai yangu kwa wanawake wenzangu, tushirikiane, tusaidiane, tupeane moyo na tuwezeshana ili tufikie lengo letu la usawa  50/50 kufikia mwaka 2030. Kila mwanamke atimize wajibu wake kwa kujitambua na kuhakikisha haki yake hainyongwi.

‎‎Mimi nimejitambua, ninasimamia haki yangu, na wala siipiganii, ni yangu, Jinsia yangu hainitofautishi kiutendaji na jinsia ya kiume. Ninachoangalia ni Mchango wangu katika maendeleo ya Uchumi, jamii na familia na sio Jinsia yangu.

Ninachotambua katika jinsia yangu ni kuwa mimi ni Dada, Mama, rafiki, na Mke. Mengine yote,nipo sawa na wote, wanaume na wanawake.‎

Happy Women’s Day 2016.

Monica Joseph

 

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Posted by on March 8, 2016 in Articles, Business News

 

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UN GLOBAL GOALS IN DETAIL

ban KWhat are the global goals?

The global goals serve as the world’s to-do list from 2016-2030. These goals form a shared agenda to end poverty, promote peace and opportunity for all, and protect the planet. Specifically, the 17 goals to be adopted in September are:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.

Here are some great resources to learn more about the global goals for sustainable development:

UN.org/action2015

GlobalGoals.org

GlobalDaily.com

– See more at: http://unfoundationblog.org/

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Articles, International News

 

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UN 15 Years Sustainable Development Goals

As the United Nations notes, 2015 is a time for global action. From September 25 to September 27 2015, world leaders will gather at the UN to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, and protect the planet. These Sustainable Development Goals set a course to achieve these objectives – for people everywhere.
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If the goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them. You can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. You can’t convince world leaders to do what needs to be done if you don’t know what you’re convincing them to do. If the goals are famous, they won’t be forgotten.

We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change.

– See more at: http://www.unfoundation.org/features/globalgoals/the-global-goals.html#sthash.n3JvZFHw.dpuf

 
 

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10 Reasons Why People Who Read a Lot Are More Likely to Be Good Leaders

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Reading is currently on a global decline. The statistics and polls behind this pattern are frightening because the shortage of readers means there will be a shortage of leaders. There is no disputing it: reading offers you the platform to become a leader. Famous leaders from Steve Jobs to Elon Musk engage in a lot of intellect-building by reading books. This is what reading offers when it comes to leadership.

1. They have better people skills.

According to researchers, reading encourages our brains to try to relate with the characters we are reading about. Even if we go several days without coming back to the book, our brain continues to make neural connections with the experiences and behaviors of these characters. By connecting with several characters of a book, we boost our emotional IQ and become more able to connect with people. These kinds of skills are important for leadership as they help us communicate with our associates.

2. They have a wider vocabulary.

People who read expand their vocabularies from exclusively verbal to emotional as well. By reading more, one is exposed to a wider span of vocabulary. With an improved vocabulary, a person can have better communication skills which are helpful in expressing desires and thoughts. You can make demands and seek answers as you navigate your path to leadership.

3. They have a more rounded perspective.

Instead of viewing the world from a preferential angle, they see it from a holistic one. With reading you are able to travel to new places, engage in many conversations, and be a part of many plots. Having a more rounded perspective doesn’t make you limited to a particular scope or leave you fixated on one piece of reality; rather, you see the world as a terrain of limitless possibilities and challenges.

4. They have better associations.

People like to connect and interact with readers because of their ability to converse with an array of word choices. They are more discerning and prove to be more knowledgeable in conversations. Networking and connecting with other people who are similar to them on such ideals sort of triggers and propels them toward leadership.

5. They are more relaxed.

According to a study, reading can help to reduce stress. Compared to other stress relievers like walking, listening to music or drinking a cup of tea, reading was discovered to be the most effective as it lowers heart rates and can relieve tension in few minutes. With a calmer demeanor, readers are more positive and focused for leadership.

6. They are more intellectually challenged.

Readers are better thinkers according to research. This is because reading builds your intellectual capacity to reason and solve problems. It is also noted that reading something you disagree with could have a big impact on the way you think, both logically and creatively.

7. They are reminded of past actions.

Sometimes, reading serves as a mirror to who you are. Reading certain books could remind you of things that you knew before. Reading filters your thoughts and awareness and keeps important concepts at the top of your mind.

8. They are more energetic and purpose driven.

Reading makes you feel more energetic, positive, and confident. Readers are better vitalized and aware enough to navigate through different channels for success. Reading positions them to be mentally sharp and active.

9. They have an improved focus.

Because of reading constantly, people who read are able to sustain their focus on a long-term project. Avid readers hate distractions and dislike it when they have to put a book down. This is also an important element for any leader.

10. They are good time managers.

Reading is always available for any reader. Instead of waiting and being idle, reading is always a valuable avenue to manage their time and get more done. Any minute wasted could be put to good use in reading a book. Such awareness is also prevalent in leaders as they see every minute as vital to meeting their goals.

SOURCE: LIFEHACK.ORG

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Articles

 

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Canada in Recession

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On September 1, 2015, Statistics Canada reported that the economy has contracted by 0.5% in Q2 2015, after falling 0.8% in previous quarter. This implies that the Canadian economy is in recession for the first time since the financial crisis, as they reported two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

Plunging oil prices constituted the primary factor weighing down the Canadian economy in the last two quarters, leading to shrinkage in business investments and creating sustainability issues for existing businesses. The mining, quarrying and oil and gas exploration sector took the biggest hit. It was down by 4.5% amid shutdowns and production barriers in Q2 2015.

Other factors that led to contraction of the Canadian economy were subdued business investments, a decline in new home construction (-4.1%), passive exports data and falling inventory levels. The most affected regions were energy exporting areas like Alberta. The results are expected to hurt current Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chances to win in the upcoming elections on October 19. The opposition party has pointed out that Harper’s policy has failed, arguing this is a lost decade for Canada.

On the other hand, Statistics Canada also reported that the country grew at a faster rate in June 2015, which made many economists believe that the worst may be over. “Despite the technical recession materializing, it does look like the Canadian economy is jumping back. The June numbers are comforting in that regard,” said Derek Burleton of the Toronto-Dominion bank. Some analysts and economists have stated that the Canadian economy is far from recession. The positives alluded by the report includes improvement in household expenditure amid strong demand for durable goods and relatively stable unemployment

As a result of weak economic data in Q2 2015, the S&P/TSX Composite Index, measure of Canadian Stock market, tanked by 377 points (or 2.72%) on September 1, 2015. Most analysts believe that The Bank of Canada will cut interest rates in their next meeting in order to revive the economy, even after two previous cuts this year. Bricklin Dwyer of BNP Paribas said, “The Bank of Canada is likely to read this report as disappointing. While the quarter’s growth was in line with their forecast, Q1 was weaker than they thought. This combined with the composition of growth and the recent move in oil prices, suggests that the risks to the outlook remain clearly skewed to the downside.”

SOURCE: INVESTOPEDIA
 
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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Articles, International News

 

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TANZANIA 2014 NATIONAL BUDGET REVIEW -FISCAL MEASURES

Here is the last part of the 2014 Tanzania National Budget review. Fiscal measures The proposed fiscal changes are as follows:

•• Reduce duty rate on:
— Buses under HS Code 8702.10.99 carrying more than
25 passengers, from 25% to 10% for a period of 1 year.
— Papers under HS Codes 48.05.11.00, 4805.12.00 and
4805.30.00 only, from 25 % to 10 %.
•• Increase duty rate on:
— Chemical based (petroleum) aerosol spray under HS Code
3808.91.39 from 10% to 25%.
•• Grant duty exemption on:
— Machinery spares and inputs for use in development and
generation of wind and solar energy.
— Importation of Electronic Fiscal Devices for a period of one
year (Tanzania only).
— Importation of goods used in the manufacture of gas
cylinders.
•• CET rate:
— Extend the stay of application of the CET rate of 35% on
wheat grain under HS Codes 1001.90.10 and 1001.99.90,
and apply a CET rate of 10 % for the period of one year.
•• Continue to grant duty remission to:
— Soap manufacturers using LABSA raw materials under HS
Code 3402.11.00; HS Code 3402.12.00 and HS Code
3402.19.00, from 10% to 0% for a period of one year.
— The Armed Forces Canteen Organisation for another year.
•• Duty exemption
— Remove duty exemption on splints used in manufacturing
matches.
Miscellaneous
•• Taxes due on the importation of petroleum products must be
remitted on importation, rather than 45 days later.
•• The removal of cement from the list of deemed capital goods
which are tax exempted under the Tanzania Investment Centre.
•• An increase in the minimum capital requirement for foreign
investors through Tanzania Investment Center from US$ 20
million to US$ 50 million.
•• The amendment of the Business Licensing Act, No. 25 of 1972 to
enable the Government to impose new business licensing fees.
•• Reductions of the export levy on raw hides and skins from
90% or TZS 900 per kilogram to 60% or TZS 600 per kilogram,
whichever is the higher.
•• The amendment of the Vocational Education and Training Act,
CAP 82, in order to include additional institutions in the list of
beneficiaries.

Financial Sector
•• Launching of the National Financial Inclusion Framework (NFIF).
•• Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) is established.
It’s operationalization is in progress.
•• Growth in the number of Banks from 51 in 2013 to 53 in 2014.
and insurance companies from 28 in 2013 to 30 in April 2014.
•• Capital requirement for community and commercial banks
remain unchanged – compliance is expected by 2015.

Infrastructure Development
Transport infrastructure
•• Total budget of TZS 2,109.0 billion has been set aside for
procurement of wagons, rehabilitation of the central railway line
and for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges.
•• Infrastructure development is geared towards reducing
congestion in urban areas, costs of transport and transportation
of goods and services.
Electricity
•• TZS 90 billion set for construction of Kinyerezi I gas fired
electricity generation plant.
•• TZS 290.2 billion is for Rural Electrification Agency (REA) for
distribution of electricity in rural areas.
Oil and Gas
•• TZS151billion set for the completion of gas pipeline from Mtwara
to Dar es Salaam.
•• Introduction of new natural gas laws.
Agriculture
•• Agriculture created 130,974 jobs.
•• Budget set aside a total of TZS 1,084.7 billion for strengthening
irrigation infrastructure, construction of warehouses and markets
and to create available loans for promotion of food and cash
crops production.
Human Resource Development
Education
•• Government plans to support youth skills development in oil and
gas courses in the country and abroad. Currently 124 students
will be financed by the Government and 35 students will be
awarded scholarships by Development Partners.
Health
•• Total of TZS 1,588.2 billion has been set aside for procurement
of medicines, prevention of epidemic diseases, and immunization
for children, construction of hospitals and dispensaries and HIV
and malaria control.
Water and sanitation
•• Total of TZS 665.1 billion has been set aside to improve urban
and rural water infrastructure which includes continuing with
the construction of 10 water wells in every Local Authority.

 

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10 Things Your Employees Need From You As A Small Business Owner

Your business can only grow as far as your hand can reach, which means you need employees. But your employees need to have a win/win relationship with you. Your employees are the engine that drives your business, but how well are you taking care of your most valuable asset? Are you focused on making sure that everyone on your team is driving in the right direction? Do you make sure your employees are comfortable talking to you? If you want your employees to work hard and be dedicated to you, you must do the same.

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There could be more things to do to build the best relationship with your employee or subordinates, But here are 10 things your employees/subordinates  need from you as a small business owner or manager

  1. Leadership – As the business owner, you      set the tone for your small business. Your employees will always look to      you for advice, or for the example of how to handle situations. Do you pay      vendors chronically late? Do you work 14 hours a day and weekends, too? Do      you go off when a customer complains? Do you come in late every day? Do      you openly favor certain employees? Everyone is watching you and they will      treat your business just like you do – or worse.
  2. Appreciation – You need to learn your      employees’ love languages. And they all might be different. Is it time      off, bonus money, public praise, or more responsibility they crave? You      need to make sure that you are giving them what they need to feel valued.      Your employees are the most valuable thing in your business, so you’d      better be good to them or your business will suffer.
  3. Engagement – Do not hide in your office      struggling to come up with all the answers. Engage your staff in      brainstorming sessions to solve issues in the business. I have had many      interns save the day.
  4. Communication – You need to have regular staff      meetings to make sure everyone knows what is going on. In these meetings,      be sure to hold yourself accountable, too. Don’t demand updates from      everyone around the table without offering the status of your own      projects. It will help you keep the lines of communication open with your      team.
  5. Mentorship – You should be trying to grow      the skills of your employees. Explain why you do certain things and when      they are ready, expose them to clients. Invite them to go to certain      meetings with you. If you get them fully engaged in your business, they      will work harder for you.
  6. Patience – New employees and young      employees need time to grow into their role. Often times as a small      business owner, we want people to hit the ground running. But, do you have      processes documented enough so that you can tell them what to do and how      you like it done? Have a plan in place before you make a hire, so that you      can give them a set of goals and manage your own expectations.
  7. Payment – You need to make sure people      are paid timely. Set a payment schedule for every two weeks and not when      they need a check.  Use a payroll service to make it easy on you to      deal with paychecks.
  8. Protection – Make sure your employees      have a safe work environment. Are female employees walking alone to their      car at night? Also, do not tolerate clients or other employees who      mistreat your staff. No amount of money is worth having people feel like      it’s alright with you that they are abused. I use a two chance rule. I      will speak with a client who is inappropriate first. You do need to give      them a chance to change the behavior. If it happens a second time, I would      end the relationship.
  9. Understanding – There will come a day when      one of your best employees will come to tell you that they are moving on.      Hoping they will not go into business for themselves and try to take your      top customers, (that’s what confidentiality and non-compete agreements are      for in employment contracts), but you also need to be understanding and      supportive. Never blame someone for doing what’s in their own best      interest.
  10. Celebrations Find Reasons to Celebrate. You      can throw a party with your team for any reason: big contracts, birthdays,      baby showers, and holidays. As hard as you ask them to work, party just as      hard when there is something to celebrate.

If you do these things, after 20 years in business you will have some your original employees still with you.

MJ

SOURCE: “Business Team Of Four Applauding” courtesy of stockimages / www.freedigitalphotos.net

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Articles

 

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