Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

20 November 2012

Tanzania: Female Workers Told Be Confident

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

FEMALE employees throughout the country have been urged to be confident when performing their daily duties, at their workplaces, so as to impact on themselves and the surrounding community.

The call was made in Dar es Salaam over the weekend by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) don, Chriss Mauki when addressing a Women Network Forum (WNF), an organ within the Barclays Bank Tanzania held in Dar es Salaam.

Mauki who was invited as an inspirational speaker to the forum told the Barclays Bank female employees that they must work hard to emancipate themselves from being vulnerable of gender stereotypes.

"You must have courage to grow," he told the fully-packed forum, "in many institutions female employees constitute a good number but very few are in decision-making posts. You have to ask, why? The answer is you lack confidence and self-esteem."

The UDSM psychology lecturer who is also a professional counsellor, said apart from stereotypes, women are affected by the influence of their background, lack of enthusiasm and intrusive motivation. He cited an example of some women who do not even bother to think wide, simply because they were brought up believing that big thoughts are reserved for men.

"So, in order to make an impact, something which is important, women have to boost self-confidence, you must know what you want in life and have passion to get it," he said. His audience was visibly touched when he quoted George Elliot who said: "You are never late to become a person you wanted to be" and another quote from John Barrymore:

"You are never old until when regrets overshadow your dreams." Previously the Barclays Bank Tanzania Head of Communication and Corporate Affairs, Tunu Kavishe, said the bank's WNF aims to develop female employees' careers and give a chance to them to discuss their own matters.

"Barclays had a good number of female staff and through WNF they often meet and this is the final forum for this year," she said.

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