Samia accents women’s role

PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan on Sunday challenged women in the country to play a key role in economic activities, children protection and prevention of moral decay among the youth.

The Head of State made the call during the 50th commemoration of jubilee of the Catholic Women Association of Tanzania (WAWATA) held at Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Ms Samia urged women to up their efforts and participate equally in economic projects that are productive and effective for their families and the nation as a whole

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world,” President Samia recalled the quotation from the Bible’s 1John Chapter 4: verse 4.

She insisted that women must be at the front line in educating the young people against misuse of social media platforms so as to have a society with good morals.

“Our society has experienced moral decay among young people as a result of misuse of social media. Women should be at the forefront to educate our young people about the good use of social networks,” President Samia said.

“We (government), women-related organisations and others have to cooperate so as to make a society that will develop the country and make it have people with good morals,” President Samia stressed.

Moreover, she called upon WAWATA to cooperate with the government in family reconciliation issues, promote tolerance among the community and propose meaningful economic, political, social and cultural changes for the national development.

Responding to WAWATA’s request for increased food reserves to save women and children, President Samia assured that the country has enough food reserves despite recent poor harvest, noting there was a food reserve of not less than 150,000 tonnes.

She said the government also provides subsidies to farmers so that they can afford buying agricultural inputs and cultivate large areas to get more food.

Speaking earlier, Chairman of the WAWATA, Ms Everine Mtenga, said the association brings women together to look for solutions to challenges they face and build a responsible society.

For his part, president of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), Archbishop Gervas Nyaisonga asked President Samia to continue being close to women and make more efforts to empower them so that they contribute more to their own development and the nation as a whole.

He commended the six-phase government for caring about the wellbeing of the women as it introduces policies that bring hope to women.

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