Published: 25 April 2023
Over the past 75 years, there have been many notable achievements in the field of women's rights since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Women have influenced the text of the Declaration which has contributed to decisive social changes, and they continue to be at the forefront of social change that enables more people to enjoy their rights. This has turned into positive changes in the lives of women and girls. Today, more women occupy leadership positions, are elected to lead governments, and occupy positions in decision-making structures.
International Women's Day comes annually in each March, to celebrate International Women's Day, in appreciation of their essential role, which represents the cornerstone of the growth and renaissance of their society, especially, African women who have stood exemplary for women in the world over the past years, through serious steps taken by many African governments in the field of empowering women and breaking barriers.
In Tanzania, for example, since independence, the government has taken real steps to empower women, which has now made it a model for empowering African women, and the authorities in eastern Africa to take more effective steps to further close gender gaps.
In this context, Egypt National Nile Discourse Forum (EgNDF) collaborated with the African Centre for Research and Strategic Studies in Cairo and organized an interactive seminar entitled "Women Empowerment in Africa... Tanzania as a Model" in celebration of the International Women's Day, in partnership with the Tanzanian Student Union and the Tanzanian community in Egypt, under the auspices and in the presence of representatives of the Embassy of Tanzania in Cairo.
The symposium discussed several important topics, including the achievements made by Tanzanian women in various economic, social and political fields, and the role of civil society in supporting women, while presenting the challenges that women still face in obtaining equal rights in Tanzania, as well as the role of Tanzanian men in supporting women and girls.
In her speech at the opening session, Dr. Ghada Fouad, head of the African Centre for Research and Strategic Studies, and a member of the Egypt National Nile Women Network, explained that Tanzania was among the countries to seek women empowerment, and was among the first African countries to propose allocation of a women’s quota in its Parliament; a move that fostered the rise of women like Mrs. Samia Hassan the president of the Republic of Tanzania today.
NBD's Elham Afifi, Second (2nd) from Left attending the Seminar.
Dr Siham Jibril, Chair of the Provincial Committee of the National Women Council, expressed her happiness with what she heard of the efforts to empower African women and explained that the problems and challenges facing Tanzania are shared by almost all countries of the continent. She also presented the efforts of the National Council for Women towards empowering Egyptian women and putting them on the right path to participate in the development Of the country.
Elham Afifi, the National Coordinator of the EgNDF shared about the Nile Basin Discourse (NBD) and its gender strategy that focuses on empowering women in managing water resources, and the formation of the Regional Nile Women Network to help achieve this purpose. She also spoke about the activities of the EgNDF at both national and regional level.
The workshop concluded with a set of interventions and recommendations on the need for economic empowerment of female breadwinners in Tanzania, equality in employment opportunities and salary rates between men and women, prevention of early marriage that cause early divorce, access to study and use of technology for Tanzanian women, increasing women's representation in parliament, and equal access to health services, and increase in staff and equipment in hospitals and health facilities in villages.
Elham Afify, National Technical Support Expert - Egypt