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HE government has pledged to work closely with stakeholders in the private sector to realise initiatives aimed at empowering women.
Stella Manyanya

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.

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TWAA Women’s day Celebrations Breakfast Meeting

It was great honor to be invited at TWAA Breakfast meeting to celebrate women’s day. The event was very informative and educative. I met amazing Tanzania Women whom I have been looking up to all the time, Dr. Marina Njelekela, Sauda Simba Kilumanga, The Haki Elimu Executive Director Ms.Elizabeth Missokia, what a lady! And many more adorable women.

It was the best way to start my day and the year ahead!

Irene Kiwia - TWAA Founder and President

Irene Kiwia - TWAA Founder and President

The event took off by a moving speech from Irene Kiwia; Irene is the Managing director of Frontline Porter Novelli and TWAA Founder and President, in her speech Irene talked about the major enemies to women, I quote “On this day, all over the world, we consider both the steps forward towards better lives for women that have been taken in recent times, as well as the progress still required. Today I don’t want to talk about our women empowerment initiatives, TWAA, the Mentorship program and so many others! I want to talk about something even more serious… OUR ENEMIES! We spend time naming our enemies: patriarchal structures, discriminative legislative and political decisions, uncaring corporate entities, criminal menaces, culture-based ignorance and economic hardships! They all are significant things, and I am not suggesting that they are not… they are extremely significant! But I have felt for a long time now that something else is at the heart of female disempowerment. Something that isn’t as easy to deconstruct or dismantle. Something that is difficult to even name, and at times feels overwhelming to even think about!  I have had conversations about this several times and most seemed to agree with me that our biggest enemy, our worst evil ugly enemy is none other than US! Yes us women! When we don’t support one another, when we are jealous of one another, when we sabotage one another, when we judge and condemn one another, when we feel that other women are undeserving of success, when we bully, back stab, gossip, rating each other as low…. I can go on till tomorrow morning on the many different when’s”

Another person who presented during the event is Ms. Modesta Mahiga, Professional Approach Group MD whose presentation was based on this year’s international theme; “Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures”

Another inspiring speech was from Dr. Njelekela who is the current Tanzanian Women of Achievement Awards Gender Champion, the Executive Director of Muhimbili National Hospital, a former MEWATA Chairperson and a past recipient of the prestigious Martin Luther King Drum Major Award for Justice. She  seized the opportunity to launch a girls empowerment initiative titled “Kinara ni Mimi Jasiri” where she will work with young girls in Lindi, Mtwara and Iringa who are facing challenges to overcome early pregnancies, early marriages, school dropouts, STD’s and HIV/AIDS infections. The project will focus on creating awareness, sensitizing the communities and creating a peer system that will empower girls with skills and knowledge needed to overcome these challenges and lead productive, educative and healthy lives.

From Left Myself, Robi Moro and Sophia Byanaku at the Event

From Left Myself, Robi Moro and Sophia Byanaku at the Event

After the speeches a lady called Jessica entertained us with her soulful voice, she sang the songs like I believe I can fly, Hero etc. beautiful voice.

To read more about the event, you can visit Frontline Porter Novelli Blog.

I did learn a lot from the meeting, entertained by Jessica’s beautiful voice and enjoyed the breakfast.

I say “Girl power” Truly great people usually don’t feel important; they make others feel important, Love each other, help a fellow woman, Empower a girl-child.

Be Empowered!

Monica.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in General Knowledge, Tanzania News

 

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More wives Bring Home more of the Bread

Let me start by saying “Happy Happy Women’s Day.”

We have had a long journey but we have come to a time when women are seen as equal with men – in the social, political and business environment.

The number of women earning more than their husbands has gradually been rising for years, but the pace appeared to quicken during the Great Recession of 2007-09. Nearly 38 percent of wives earned more than their husbands in 2009, according to the latest data from US. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up about 3 percentage points from 2008.

I recently came across an article titled “Tanzania: Empowered Women Support Husbands Financially With Loans” The article described how Women Empowerment program In Zanzibar (WEZA) benefited the families and improved the quality of their lives from the savings they made and loans accessed. “I lost hope with life when my shop collapsed and I fell sick only to find out that I was HIV positive. The stigmatization from the community was so bad I had no will to live” says Salim Abdalla whose wife helped him revive his shop after taking a loan of 400,000/- from WEZA.

Mary Gatta, a senior scholar with the advocacy and research organization Wider Opportunities for Women, said it’s hard to say exactly what is behind the trend of wives earning more than husbands, she thinks it’s because of the recession.

“The recession is a significant factor here in that during the recession we saw higher numbers of men lose their jobs,” Gatta said.

The official period of economic contraction, from December 2007 to June 2009, was so hard on men that some people dubbed it the “mancession” because so many men lost their jobs. However, in the years of weak economic recovery that followed, women were harder hit while men started to gain jobs again.

The trend appears to have started to even out in recent months. Still, Gatta noted, that there are other, longer-term factors at work. For example, women have been graduating from college at higher rates than men for years. Workers with a college degree generally have higher earning potential than those without one.

“It’s more than just the recession,” Gatta said. Even in the families where wives make more than their husbands, she notes, many are struggling to get by – whether they have one or two salaries. In some cases women may be earning more their husbands because he lost a job or endured a pay cut.

In Tanzania, We have an image of (the wives) being the CEO of big financial Institutions, political Leaders; and even successful businesswomen. Taking an example of Dr. Marina Njelekela, recently appointed Executive director of Muhimbili National hospital, Hon. Anna Makinda, the Speaker of Parliament in Tanzania to mention but a few. I expect that women’s earnings will continue to be a key to many families’s financial survival.

I think the recession did not shift the course; it accelerated the course we were already on.

We are empowered and no more just watchers but doers. ” Women are are the real architects of society.”- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Be proud to be a woman!

MF.

 

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