Tanzania: Why Gender Balance Matters in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam — The Citizen Rising Woman initiative that kicked off a month long campaign reached its climax on Monday, March 8, 2021.

On the day, on which the world marked the International Women’s Day, a ceremony was held bringing together various stakeholders to celebrate the achievements of women in Tanzania and around the globe.

At the ceremony 10 different companies that provide services and produce a variety of products won The Citizen Rising Woman’s award in recognition of their contribution in empowering women in the workplace.

The awards were in two categories, namely, the Rising Woman Awards and the Woman of the Future Awards.

In the first category of Rising Woman, award-winning companies included AAR Insurance. In this company’s recruitment programme, emphasis is put on gender equality as well as to give priority to female applicants with 44 percent of its staff being female.

In management, AAR has 86 percent of seniors being female.

Another is the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) which had 83 percent of women in the top six positions in the corporate service unit which includes human resource, finance and administration services and in business among other initiatives.

Empress Furniture Limited had 80 percent of women representation in the company, with more than 50 representation of women in management.

Empower was also another organization that won the award. It had more than 70 percent representation of women in management and decision making positions.

Minet also won the award for such efforts to promote female in leadership positions.

For the Woman of the Future Awards, which recognized unique and impactful organization initiatives that advance gender balance in the workplace, KCB’s 2Jiajir women empowerment programme, which was developed to address the challenges that women faced was among the reasons why the bank deserved an award.

The bank also had initiated a gender and finance inclusion policy among others, which led to the promotion of women in leadership as well as created a conducive environment for the group to thrive.

Another winner of the award was the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). This had an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Diversity Policy aiming to promote gender balance and diversity at the leadership level in the organization.

Nexia SJ Tanzania was among the winners. The company had HR policies that support women to step up to senior positions as indicated on the staff policy.

Also Coca Cola and CRDB Bank were among the winners of this years The Citizen Rising Women initiative awards.

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, the deputy minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Mr Abdallah Ulega, who graced the event said that the number of women in government has been going up during the past few years.

He said initiatives such as The Citizen Rising Woman should always be supported so as to ensure that the country continues to increase women in leadership positions.

The initiative is the project by Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL) under its flagship ‘The Citizen’ which aimed at promoting gender balance in organizations as well as profiling series of women leaders in management positions ahead of the International Women’s Day.

On this day, various stakeholders gathered where they highlighted ways in which women can be made part of the decision makers.

CCBRT’s CEO Brenda Msangi said that for a person to become a leader, they must embrace the challenges that come with the position, noting that women should take up opportunities as they unfold