‘Women key to achieving middle economy status’

02Mar 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
‘Women key to achieving middle economy status’

TANZANIA’S ambitions to become a middle income economy by 2025 can be achieved if plans leading to it focus on eradicating harmful practices against women who play a key role in economic growth as portion of the population, a United Nations official has declared.

UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez, said in an interview that this relationship comes from the fact that women are the majority in the population.

“Leaving them behind in the economic growth process can deter plans because that means almost more than half of Tanzanians have been left behind,” he pointed out.

Speaking on the sidelines of activities to mark the UN Women’s Week ahead of the World Women’s Day on 8th March to be held nationally in Mwanza.

“Countries that have succeeded in achieving their plans managed to provide women with basic necessities such as education and health, therefore these women became assets in the economy building process. Failure to do so they become liabilities,” he said.

He explained the week as aimed at highlighting the role of women in economic growth, saying that there is a huge number of women who feel they have been isolated, and mostly they are in remote areas.

The UN believes there are various opportunities in Tanzania for women to excel, but the main concern was Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage among other harmful practices against women.

“The business to bring those isolated on board is for all, however the main task now is to end the practices especially in male dominated societies,” he asserted.

He said harmful practices against women can delay the economic growth process in one way or another. Empowerment should start at the level of birth, growth and into adulthood, he observed.

The UN envoy said Sustainable Development Goals are an opportunity to pool our efforts together and develop coherent, mutually effective and supporting policies for the economic lives of all women and girls.

“In line with Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, achieving gender equality at work is an essential precondition to translate our ambitions into actions,” he stated.

The International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

The day also offers time to reflect on the progress made, and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the gender rights movement. It is also a time to pledge commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women, a commemorative statement noted.

The government has unveiled various programs to support women, given their role as key social and economic drivers by investing in programmes that will help them play their role as key value players in economic growth, it added.


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