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ATE at the IFC Gender Program launch in Dodoma

The Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) participated at the IFC Gender Program ANAWEZA: SHE CAN held in May 2023 in Dodoma which aims at increasing  women’s active participation in the economy and Employment.

The Chief Guest for this occasion was the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. Philip Isdor Mpango, who was represented by the Minister of Community Development, Gender, Women & Special Groups, Hon. Dr. Dorothy Gwajima (MP) accompanied by the Minister for Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children-Zanzibar, Hon. Riziki Juma Pembe (MP) and the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hon. Exaud Kigahe (MP).

 Hon. Minister Dr. Gwajima said that the “ANAWEZA SHE CAN” Project has come at the right time when the country is making various efforts to empower women economically despite of the various challenges, they have been facing such as oppressive traditions and customs, poor education, and lack of capital. The Honorable Minister also argued ATE and IFC to use the program to address these challenges and the Government is ready to support the initiatives.

Hon. Riziki Juma Pembe (MP)  congratulated the IFC for this important initiative for women development, which has also been given high priority by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar that focusing to see women stand up and take steps and participate in developing the country’s economy.

ATE CEO, Ms. Suzanne Ndomba-Doran congratulated IFC for coming up with the programme and for approaching ATE to partner with them on achieving gender equality in the workplaces and the economy.

She also expressed her appreciation of this programme that will add value to what ATE is already doing in assisting and supporting its members to achieve gender equality at workplaces.

Ms. Ndomba Doran shared with the Conference a number of initiatives and interventions that ATE has been doing to increase women participation in the workplace as well as in creation of decent and inclusive workplaces to improve productivity and the economy.

IFC Regional Director for Eastern Africa, Ms. Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, said that the program will focus on promoting women’s access to leadership and quality employment, improving women’s access to financial and non-financial services.

She added that the programme will address challenges faced by women in agribusiness value chains and address gaps in legal and policy frameworks in partnership with the World Bank, to increase women’s active participation in the economy.