DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Association of Non-Governmental
Organisations on Wednesday marked the International Women’s Day
by appealing to the government to fast track the process to
review laws that provide limited access of women to participate
in economic activities.
The NGOs, dealing
with the protection of human rights, also said they were not
happy with the fall in the number of women appointed in various
Naemy Sillayo, a
representative from the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC),
said the government’s plans to build an industrial economy will
not succeed if there will be no gender balance.
She said lowering
the number of women in executive and political positions denied
them their right to contribute in building the national economy.
“If we were to count
the number of female Members of Parliament we will find them
occupying only 30 percent of the entire number of the MPs,” said
“And again we have
only four women in the cabinet out of 19 ministers,” she said.
efforts to develop an industrial economy, gender inequalities
still persist and in most cases women are the victims,” she
founder of the Msichana Initiatives Association, said it was
high time the government respond to various social and economic
challenges in the country in order to empower women.
Chairperson of the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT-Wazalendo)
opposition party, urged women from all walks of life to keep
exploring opportunities that would earn them income at the same
time raising their voices against gender discrimination.
“As we mark this
year’s International Women’s Day, we challenge gender
inequalities and ensure women of all ages benefit from policies
and programmers that promote equality, and respect the human
rights of women of all ages, abilities and statuses,” said
contested in Tanzania’s presidential race in the 2015 general
elections, said empowering women was a cross-cutting issue that
needed intervention from public and private sectors.
She appealed to
financial institutions to loosen lending conditions to enable
women acquire loans to enable them engage in entrepreneurship