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`Leadership failing women to prosper`

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    `Leadership failing women to prosper`

    By Lydia Shekighenda

    10th March 2010

    Most problems facing women in the country are mainly caused by a poor administration system which suppresses women's rights, including denying them development opportunities.
    Legal and Human Rights Centre executive director Francis Kiwanga made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Monday at a press conference on the International Women's Day, which was marked worldwide on Monday.
    He said as the world marked the IWD, Tanzania was still facing myriad challenges towards achieving gender equality such as gender violence, school dropouts due to pregnancies and maternal mortality and morbidity.
    He said changes in the administration system were possible if the government was determined to fulfill its responsibilities by setting up strategies for increasing women representation in decision-making bodies.
    Kiwanga said the number of women in decision-making bodies was not satisfactory basing on the fact that they outnumbered men, comprising 51 per cent of the country's population.
    Citing examples, he said while there were 26 ministers, only 7 were women, and out of 21 deputy ministers, only 5 were women. As permanent secretaries, out of 24 only 8 were women.
    "If the country's leadership were committed to increasing the number of women in decision-making it would be possible to bring about development in the country," said Kiwanga.
    Meanwhile, Dar es salaam Regional Commissioner William Lukuvi challenged women to go out and contest like men in various positions instead of waiting for special seats on what he described as "a silver plate."
    "Opportunities are not created on a gender basis, they are fought for," said Lukuvi.
    However, he said women in the region had proved to their male counterparts that they were capable of doing business.
    "Women have proved to be good financial managers unlike men," he said.
    The RC warned men who were still bullying their spouses to stop the habit or else stern action would be taken again them.
    "I'm always on my mobile phone and the number is known to you…so if you are under constant mistreatment from a stubborn husband just give me a call," said Lukuvi.