Stakeholders on gender issues meeting in Dar es Salaam said there is need for concerted efforts in the journey towards the achievement of gender equality and parity.
They were speaking at a workshop that brought together a number of stakeholders among them the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Global Compact, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), heads of secondary schools and media presenters.
The forum was organised by the Soaring Women International in collaboration with Rashad and funded by Nestle Company.
Luphurise Lema, a founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Soaring Women International organisation challenged the existing doctrine in the society that women were unable to execute anything in the society.
She said women are able to contribute effectively to national economy contrary to people’s beliefs and perceptions. She asked women to get rid-off of old traditional practices.
Lema said that despite the myriad of challenges facing women in the society, the assignment remains to women is to change their perceptions and the way society perceives them.
"It should be noted that, every human being is equipped with capacity to do what he/she is entitled to do, so there's no excuse that women are unable to do things," she lamented.
As part of the initiatives to enhance gender issues in Tanzania, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) rang the bell during the International Women's Day mainly to recognise and inform the company management about the need to incorporate gender issues in their daily activities.