Women encouraged  to vie for top leadership positions

13Apr 2019
The Guardian
Women encouraged  to vie for top leadership positions

FORMER Controller and Auditor General (CAG) Ludovick Utouh has encouraged women in the country to work hard, be confident and not hesitate to vie for top leadership positions in various public and private institutions for the country’s development.

He also urged them to prepare themselves to contest in the coming elections so as to bring out their personal best to serve the public.

Utouh said  yesterday in Dar es Salaam during the opening of a two-day 2nd Women Leadership Conference organised by the Tanzania Association of Certified Women Accountants (TAWCA).


“I would like to see more women accountants and auditors contesting for political positions in this country. We need a strong and enlightened parliament to hold the government accountable for which I believe you have a role to play,” he said.


He cited the conference as an avenue for members of the TAWCA to reflect and discuss on issues critical to the development of the profession and the contribution of women leaders to the country’s economy.


“A good leader should be honest which is about being truthful having integrity and build trust; compassionate which is about thinking of others," he added.


According to him, on the basis of realization and fact that industrialization nation will lead to the creation of employment opportunities; all efforts should be exerted to encourage more women to join the profession and hold top positions.


For her part, chairperson of TAWCA board of directors Neema Kihure said that the association’s major aim stands at promoting professional excellence to enable women certified accountants to access senior and leadership position in the country and globally, as well as implementing socioeconomic  projects that will bring an impact in the Tanzanian society.


“We are responsible for financial reporting and some of us are auditors responsible in providing assurance to the board of directors and shareholders on the accuracy of those financial records, effectiveness and efficiency of operations as well as compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.”


Renatha Ndege, a Chief Financial Officer from the state owned power utility (TANESCO) urged women to strive for taking senior positions of leadership at all levels of decision making for the sustainable development in the country.


“We (women) have extra ordinary power, the country needs us to contribute our ideas which will help in building the economy,” Ndege said.


Executive Director of TAWCA Tumaini Lawrence said since its establishment, the association continues to champion for the initiating women forums that provide rooms for women career and leadership development.


The TAWCA conference brought together at least 300 participants including Accountants, CEOs, directors, senior managers and upcoming managers from different backgrounds with different experiences but with the same aim.