Dodoma come up with women economic empowerment council

05Dec 2017
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Dodoma come up with women economic empowerment council

DODOMA Region has launched the Women Economic Empowerment Council, aimed at promoting and enhancing knowledge, skills, economic prowess and financial prudence of women to enable them participate in economic activities.

Bahi District Commissioner (DC) Elizabeth Kitundu

Regional authority said the launch of the council is in line with the national and global drive to empower women economically, making it a global agenda.

Speaking on behalf of the Regional Commissioner (RC), Binnilith Mahenge while officiating the launch of the women council, Bahi District Commissioner (DC) Elizabeth Kitundu said the convention will increase participation of women from the region in building national economy.

Specifically, she noted that the move is aimed at increasing understanding on matters pertaining to business and availability of financial opportunities for capital and laws governing investment.

“This will be a platform to discuss opportunities and challenges for women investments and plans that will enable more women to participate in national economic activities,” she said.

The DC noted that the government is set to fill up social and economic gaps for women's empowerment to allow an inclusive contribution of women in the national economic growth.

She argued that involvement of women in agriculture and entrepreneurial activities has remained relatively higher, but the group's contribution to the economy is limited owing to social and economic gaps.

Mpwapwa District Commissioner (DC), Jabir Shekimweri noted that women and other entrepreneurs face various challenges in doing businesses, calling on the relevant authorities to provide public education on taxes.

He urged women in the region to tap opportunities that come with the government’s relocation to the region, saying, “With the increasing population in Dodoma, there are more opportunities for business that would help broaden your production”.

Formation of regional economic forums come in response to call made by the Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan that regional authorities establish them in efforts to help empower women.

She revealed that the government will among other things push for 30 per cent stake in all procurement tenders under local government authorities to women and youth.

Women are facing challenges ranging from isolation, limited markets, exploitation and domestic violence, according to the Vice-President thus tightening their contribution in the economy.

Samia noted that it's high time women economic empowerment programme through public procurement was finalised pointing out that the laws to address outdated norms facing women should be introduced.