EMPOWERING WOMEN: TZ makes great headway

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said Tanzania is making great headway in empowering women in leadership positions including women in uniforms.

He also expressed the government’s commitment in implementation of the United Nations resolution of 2000 in empowering women in leadership positions.

UN resolution 1,325 (2000) addresses the impact of war on women and the importance of women’s full and equal participation in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction.

The resolution also calls for special measures to protect women and girls from conflict-related sexual violence and outlines gender-related responsibilities of the United Nations in different political and programmatic areas.

Mr Majaliwa said this during the opening of the regional conference and training of the 4th International Association of Women Police (IAWP) held at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam, yesterday.

“It is an undeniable fact that the government of Tanzania has been implementing the UN resolution and many others by strictly following the rule of law,” Mr Majaliwa said.

Mr Majaliwa said this year’s IAWP theme of “Community Services by Empowerment of Women in Law Enforcement” has put emphasis on building the capacity of female officers to provide better services to the community and to recognise that the public is an important pillar of success in dealing with crime.

He has said that President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been appointing various leaders, including those of the defence and security forces, based on gender equality.

Moreover, the PM said that community involvement has been given a lot of importance by the government through the philosophy of community policing and specific measures to establish a police force commission for community policing.

Mr Majaliwa insisted that the leaders of the police force should put in place a strategy to ensure that they implement this year’s slogan in practice.

He also directed leaders of the defence and security agencies to provide gender training for female officers, which will provide methods to combat gender challenges in their daily activities.

Speaking earlier yesterday, Minister for Home Affairs, Eng Hamad Masauni called on faith leaders to refrain from using their religious privileges and platforms for political purposes, saying doing so, was contrary to the law.

Eng Masauni said religious leaders should not entertain politics in religious affairs, for; the outcome is creating division among their congregants and attempting to create unnecessary tension in the country.

In his briefing, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Camilius Wambura assured the gathering that Tanzania recognises the contribution of the IWAP.

IGP Wambura hailed organisers for choosing Tanzania to host the six-day regional conference, assuring members and participants of security and safety throughout their stay in Dar es Salaam.

Police Commissioner for Administration and Human Resources, CP Suzan Kaganda noted that women in uniforms were doing great work and have been instrumental in making sure the army works in line with ethics and integrity.

“We have many women heading departments and sensitive institutions. There are eight female commanders in different regions in Tanzania mainland.”

She added, “In the intelligence cadre, we have the Director of Criminal Investigation, who is a woman; we also have six (6) females heading traffic police in six regions.”

“In the cadre of intelligence at the district level we have 17 female police officers and heads, 12 female heads of intelligence departments, and 49 female heads of police posts and many more in the leadership position at the headquarter heading 17 desks,” she disclosed.

Commissioner Kaganda thanked President Samia Suluhu Hassan for agreeing to host the conference which is being held for the first time in Tanzania. She also thanked the participants for turning out in big numbers.

“Participants will get an opportunity to discuss with facilitators on different topics including human trafficking, ethics and fight against corruption, cybercrimes, crimes against women and children, leadership and administration, human resource management, community participation in fighting crimes, customer care, human rights, cross-border crimes, involvement of technologies(ICTs) in addressing crimes, peace mission operations, ways to fight terrorism and many others,” CP Kaganda elaborated.

She said the topics were designed to empower the participants to exchange experiences in the fight against crimes and to improve their efficiency in executing their duties.

She cited some of benefits of the conference as to enhance cooperation among police officers who are members of the IWAP and other institutions dealing with facilitating justice delivery.

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