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Women empowerment key to poverty reduction – NICE

Written by  Brian Wasili
Participants at the discussions Participants at the discussions

Mwanza, November 22, 2017: Communities in Mwanza have been urged called upon to elevate women into various decision making positions if poverty is to be effectively reduced in the district.

Project Officer for National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust, Stella Kalengamaliro, made the remarks on Tuesday during open discussions with different development committee representatives and traditional leaders at Phanda Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Nthache in the district.

Kalengamaliro said: “Women should also be given chance to take up leading positions so that they move along with men in society in their pursuit to develop the nation.”

She observed that women bring worth to the family because they (women) always consider home first, unlike men. She added that this was the reason why NICE strives in promoting gender issues in its interventions.

“We will be very happy to see women representation rising to 60 per cent in all different societal groupings including in the civil service,” Kalengamaliro said.

She, therefore, encouraged women in the district to be courageous enough to compete for different leadership positions despite facing barriers on the way.

“Women do not avail themselves to get top positions sometimes because the systems of the environment they are working in are already hostile to them,” Kalengamaliro pointed out.

She, however, urged people at various levels in society to change their mindset towards women. On this note, she hailed government for being in the forefront in appointing women in different top positions in the civil service as well as statutory corporations.

In her remarks, Village Head Galatiya described the meeting as an eye opener to people in general and traditional leaders in particular in the area.

“What we have discussed here is exactly what is happening in our community which discourages women from competing for top positions in the society,” observed Galatiya, pledging support in putting women in decision making positions in her area.

Earlier, Mwanza NICE District Advisory Forum representative, Mayeso Makalamba, said the discussions were timely as the country was drawing closer to tripartite (presidential, parliamentary and local government) elections in 2019.

“The message of encouraging women to take leadership positions like men has come at the right time as in 2019 we will be holding elections where women promotion in different positions needs to be stressed,” said Makalamba.

In attendance were representatives from parents-teachers associations, mother support groups, churches, area/village development committees and traditional leaders, among others.

The meeting was organized by NICE with support from United Nations Women Trust.


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