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Women, force to reckon with in national development

Women, force to reckon with in national development

FLASHING back, a unique meeting took place in June last year in Dodoma that had never occurred in the country with the realization that women are not only a force to reckon with in the development of the country, but also have the capacity to deliver.

Gracing the meeting, President Samia Suluhu Hassan told the participants, who were women that they should not remain behind, just because of their biological creation, for what matters at the end of the day is merit to deliver.

Looked at keenly, women deserve support and not segregation because in any fast analysis, they reinvest 90 percent of their income into the family in comparison to 30 to 40 percent by men.

This means women spend more on their children—food, shelter, and education— which creates long-term social and economic gains for their communities.

This makes them an integral part of ending the cycle of poverty. In fact, if women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farm by 20 to 30 percent.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations- a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security, if women in rural areas had access to the same technology, financial services, education, and market as men, they could increase agricultural production to feed up to 150 million hungry people.

In fact, if politics and unverified opinions are put aside, women’s empowerment can change the world and to revisit Eleanor Roosevelt’s quotation: “A woman is like a tea bag - you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Making that reference, President Samia was precise when she said a woman’s true strength comes to the surface when she gets into hot water (read an opportunity) and then you’ll see her real strength coming out.

No wonder sensitive areas like Speaker of the National Assembly, Defence and National Security, Health and Clerk of the National Assembly among others are entrusted to them.

It should be noted that all people, in all their diversities, should be free to live their chosen lives, thrive socially and economically, participate and take a lead as equals in Tanzania, a country Mwalimu Julius Nyerere liberated from the colonial yoke. Equally, we should realize that women and girls are key agents of development and change.

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is vital to building fair, inclusive, prosperous and peaceful societies everywhere.

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