Tibaijuka: Promote females’ education

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Anna Tibaijuka

Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements, Prof Anna Tibaijuka.

Mr Kamote made the call during celebrations to mark the World Women’s Day held at Bunena, in Bukoba municipality on Thursday. “Efforts should be directed on promoting girls’ education and to  get rid of outdated laws that discriminate against women. This should be a continuous exercise.

By educating a girl, you educate the entire family. If God gives her life, a girl could live to 70 years and serve the whole nation,” he said. He said women had proved to perform well when given a chance. Several women held high positions at the national and international levels, not because they were favoured but because they had the right qualifications, he added.

He cited some of the imminent women as Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, the Assistant UN Secretary General and Prof Anna Tibaijuka, the former Executive Director of the UN Habitat. Prof Tibaijuka is the Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements.

Others include Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, the outgoing Executive Secretary of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (IGGLR), and Hon Anne Makinda, the Speaker of the Parliament, to mention just a few. Mr Kamote also called upon Councils to set aside a budget to boost Women and Youth Funds.

Meanwhile, the Bukoba Municipality has set aside 17m/- which was loaned to 22 women groups. The Community Development Officer for Bukoba Municipality, Severina Laurian, said the funds were utilized to start small but viable projects including dairy, chicken rearing and agricultural projects.

However, she said some of the women who took loans were not serious enough to remit the money on time. She said over 4m/- had until then not been remitted since 2003.

By MEDDY MULISA, Tanzania Daily News

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