The President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has assured members of the international community of her administration’s commitment to continue positive developments on gender equality despite emerging challenges in the area.
Samia disclosed this during a special forum for female presidents and Heads of State at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States. She noted that she has been appointing women in different leadership positions since she became President, including positions that were formerly male-dominated. For instance, she referred to the recent appointment of a female Minister for Defense and National Service.
The President revealed the creation of a team of experts tasked with the role of considering and providing the best modality for the country to attain gender equality during her tenure. The team is expected to also come up with suggestions on how the government will promote the welfare of women and support their efforts in poverty alleviation.
“This will further expose them (women) to several opportunities including access to education, land ownership, loans from financial institutions, as well as leadership positions in the public and private sector” she noted.
In line with the 17 targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of which women empowerment is number 5, President Samia admonished her counterparts and urges them to stop capitalizing on the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse for not enhancing gender equality in their countries.