Govt happy with ATE efforts for women inclusion in boards

20Sep 2019
Aisia Rweyemamu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt happy with ATE efforts for women inclusion in boards

THE government has acknowledged efforts by the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) and the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) in shaping women from different industries to take up top positions as well as take their seats on various boards.

Jenista Mhagama (2nd-L), Minister of State in the Prime Minister Office (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Youth, Employment and People with Disabilities) presents a certificate to Third Cohort Female Future Programme graduate Veronica Muumba in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Witnessing the event are Norway’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Elizabeth Jacobsen (R), and Association of Tanzania Employers chairperson Jayne Nyimbo. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Jenista Mhagama, the Minister for State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment ,Youth and e Disabled) made this acknowledgement when opening the second annual leadership conference themed ‘The future of work for women: Are the workplace policies ready?’

The minister told the conference that the female future program by ATE has managed to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in the country.

“The program goes hand in hand with government efforts to ensure that the number of women in leadership positions increases, that they have more representation in boards of directors of various companies,” the minister said.

Mhagama noted that the government has continued to oversee and ensure that there is a strategic plan for the development of gender equality, which is set out in the National Development Vision 2025.

She said the government is committed to support the plan to ensure there is gender equality in all fields.

 “Among the great achievements that as a nation we are proud is having the first female vice president Samia Suluhu Hassan and giving us the message that we should work collectively and recognize women so that they can achieve,” the minister declared.

Despite the increase in the number of women in senior leadership positions, there is still much work to be done to put in place effective plans to ensure the gender equality goals are achieved, she further noted.

Speaking at the conference, the National Senior Program Officer for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Anthony Rutabanzibwa said gender equality makes the workplace more productive. “Current world business is no longer for men only - women participation is most important,” he emphasized.

For his part the Global Compact Network Tanzania chairman Simon Shayo called for inclusion of diversity and inclusiveness policy at work places, saying that here is no excuse for companies not to include women in their governing bodies.

The conference organized by the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) in collaboration with the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) brought together leaders from different organisations to discuss methods to increase the number of women in higher positions in business.

ATE Executive Director Dr. Aggrey Mulimuka explained that since the launch of the program in 2016 by Vice President Samia Suluhu, around 111 women had successfully graduated.

ATE in partnership with NHO has conducted training for its unique practical-oriented female future programme aimed at attracting more women into managerial positions.