In a statement read on his behalf by the director of Social Services, Patrick Golwike, he said women need to uplift one another at work places rather than working for their own downfall.
Speaking while officiating a meeting for the Dodoma regional women association, the PS reminded the women that as the world mark International Women’s Day today, women in the country should consider their positions in the society.
The meeting was convened by other stakeholders including Plan International Tanzania and brought together participants from across the region.
“How frequent do you use your opportunities at work places to uplift one another socially, economically and politically?” he asked, adding that by their number, women bring great changes in any country.
He said the government is aware of challenges facing women in the country and is working hard to help alleviate them, especially those at work places.
According to the director, some of the challenges are as a result of lack of proper knowledge of existing laws, policies and regulations.
He mentioned other challenges to include family responsibilities that hinder them from effectively implementing their responsibilities, low income, increased needs as well as taxes and other levies on doing business.
“I would like to remind you that any right goes with responsibility and accountability. Equality goes along with other requirements like education qualifications and work experience,” he said, calling on women to tap opportunities that come across.
He added that to help reduce the challenges facing the group, the government has been providing public education on different issues including bad cultural and religious practices that stop women from prosperity.
On his part, Sylivia Siriwa from the same department noted that some of the noted successes in empowering women include public education on how to solve challenges facing women.
He also said that plans are underway to educate the society on the effects of teenage and childhood pregnancies.