Lydia Igarabuza, East Africa Radio manager made the call yesterday when she was interviewed on the recent received award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA). The awards were presented last week in Dar es Salaam.
Lydia is among the 25 professional women who recently won special awards in recognition of their contribution to the promotion and development of the information industry based on gender equality.
In the awards three media editors from IPP ltd were appreciated for their hard work in empowering women in media.
“I was happy and very surprised because I didn’t expect to get the award, I know that I am a very hardworking woman, I have been in the media industry for 20 years now, so it gives me joy being recognised for my contribution,” Lydia said.
According to her, for Tanzania to have more women in management positions, it has to invest heavily in training to drill women with essential skills needed for them to operate effectively in leadership positions.
She also called on organisations to invest in in-house training by bringing experts from outside to upgrade the skills and capacities for more productivity within the organisations.
Lydia also urged the government to also have a good support system which will enable more girl children to become leaders in future.
She noted that various studies have proved that having more women in top leadership positions, speeds up the pace of development, so investing in them should be reemphasized.
Lydia who started working in East African Radio in 2007, urged women to be confident, hardworking and focus on doing things which are impactful in society for them to be recognised.
“You have to fight your own fight, find a way and equip yourself so as to shape your destiny if you want to be a leader. To become a good leader needs a lot of sacrifices, consistency as well as a strong support system, before coming here I also worked with Femina Hip for six years,” Lydia advised women.
When asked why she maintained her position as a leader for about 20 years, Lydia unveiled that apart from having enough knowledge and skills, good character is also an important trait to possess because without good character, the talent means nothing.
“In 2017 I also won two awards in the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) in good governance and agriculture categories. I am very determined and I wish to win more awards and I am really working for it,” she intoned.