13 October 2012

Tanzania: Women Urged to Be Leaders

Photo: Staton Winter/UN
Women celebrating international women's day (file photo).

Bukoba — OUTGOING Kagera Regional Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Chairperson, Ms Costancia Buhiye, has challenged women to take a holistic approach and contest for leadership positions noting that this was the right time for women to prove their ability.

In an exclusive interview, Ms Buhiye said women should not be worried by stigmatisation, which she attributed to traditional norms in the African setting which regard women as inferior to men. "This is quite outdated. We have vivid examples of women who have shown extra ordinary efficiency, not only in the political arena, but also at internationally level.

God willing, a woman can now live up to the age of 70 years and can make a big contribution to the country's development," she said.She cited former UN Habitat Executive Director, Prof Anna Tibaijuka, who is now the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements, former UN Assistant Secretary General, Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, and Speaker of the Parliament, Anne Makinda, to mention but a few.

Ms Buhiye who hails from Misenyi district, was elected CCM Regional Chairperson in 2007, becoming the first woman in the region to hold the high office.She was expected to contest the same seat during the party's general elections yesterday and she was to face Khalid Kahahuza, from Muleba district.

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