Category Archives: Women’s day

Celebrating International Women’s day in TZ

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First Lady Salma Kikwete greets women at Mnazi mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam during celebrations to mark International Women’s Day.

Morogoro/Dar/Dodoma. President Jakaya Kikwete says he will retire a most happy man, having enabled many women to ascend to leadership and key decision-making positions in various public establishments.

Mr Kikwete ends his second and last term as Tanzania’s president when the country holds the General Election in October to pick, among other political leaders, a new occupier of the State House.

Speaking at celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day held at national level in Morogoro yesterday, the Head of State said the other thing that his leadership is proud of is that of creating an environment for women to get away from a tradition that discriminated them.

“I am proud to have created an enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment that has helped to improve their material wellbeing… and it wasn’t like I was doing them a favour, it was their right,’’ he added.

Mr Kikwete said for the period that he has been president, he made sure that there was an extended representation of women in various decision-making bodies, noting that it was wrong to disregard women on the basis of their gender.

He added that his government has been trying all it could to ensure that it sets a legal framework to weed out gender-based violence and all any other system that infringed the rights of women. “You need to pull up your socks now and move forward because the Proposed New Constitution has included all the rights that you deserve, including gender equality and the 50:50 ration in leadership positions,’’ he said.

In Dar es Salaam, First Lady Salma Kikwete who graced the celebrations at Mnazi Mmoja grounds, asked women from across the country to vote for the Proposed New Constitution during a referendum, insisting that it was the solution to the myriad of problems bedevilling them.

Mrs Kikwete said all women’s rights that are missing in the current Constitution are now on board in the new document. She echoed the president’s observation that on the political front, the proposed Mother Law has proposed a 50:50 power sharing, with women being granted full right on land ownership.

While the Head of State urged Morogoro women to vote for the Proposed Mother Law in the forthcoming referendum, Mrs Kikwete asked those in Dar to come up in big numbers to vote even as uncertainty still surrounds its date.

As things stand, the authorities appear to be caught between a rock and a hard place—either go to the referendum with incomplete biometric registration or postpone the plebiscite until all eligible voters are listed.

Women in Dar es Salaam marked the International Women’s Day with pomp and pageantry. There was a procession that kicked off early in the morning to Mnazi Mmoja grounds where it was received by the First Lady.

Dressed in different colours, women in groups marched slowly to Mnazi Mmoja grounds as they sang, danced and ululated. They were led by the Police and Prisons brass bands.

Mrs Kikwete became an eye catching figure when she joined the dancing women in a manner suggesting to all and sundry she was fully enjoying the occasion. She was backed by hundreds of women who thronged the grounds.

At some point, her security detail had a hard task controlling the crowd in which everybody seemed eager to demonstrate her dancing skills as close as possible to the First Lady.

Reported by Hamida Shariff in Morogoro; Katare Mbashiru in Dar es Salaam and Valentine Oforo in Dodoma- The citizen.

US Secretary Remarks on International women’s day

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Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 8, 2015

On International Women’s Day we celebrate the courage and contributions of women and girls around the world.

The fundamental truth is that no society can reach its full potential if it leaves 50 percent of its people behind.

The State Department highlighted this fact last week when it honored 10 extraordinary leaders with our International Women of Courage Award.

They are peacemakers bringing together warring sides to work for reconciliation. They are nurses treating Ebola patients despite the risks. They are journalists exposing corruption and countering violent extremism. And they are activists taking a stand against violence and discrimination in the workforce, the home, and the city square.

Every day these leaders are out there advocating for universal rights and aspirations. They are standing up and fighting so that every woman and child can lead full, healthy, and productive lives. Unfortunately, this extraordinary work sometimes puts a target squarely on their backs. By fighting for others’ safety, they jeopardize their own.

So while we honor these women’s courage, we reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality. It’s a commitment we will, and we must, keep as the global community shapes the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years.

Our path forward is clear. We must prevent and respond to gender-based violence. That’s not only essential for our collective humanity; it’s critical for our collective security.

We must open the doors for women to fully participate in society – as farmers, entrepreneurs, engineers, executives, and leaders of their countries.

And we must invest in the next generation of women by making sure girls can go to school in a safe environment. They should be able to graduate – empowered to be part of their community, diploma in hand.

I will never forget the story of a young woman named Haleta Giday, who I met last year at President Obama’s Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She had graduated from one of the best schools in Ethiopia. She could have had her pick of jobs. She chose to represent women and children who were the victims of violence. And when Haleta saw how many widows went bankrupt after they lost their husbands, she began a campaign to educate women about their legal and financial rights.

Women like Haleta, women like the ones we honored last week, they are pushing forward progress for gender equality.

Today of all days, the United States reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that this vital progress continues – that women and girls everywhere enjoy the same freedoms and rights as anyone else.

Paul Kagame yabaye umutegarugori ryari?

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Ku itariki ya 8 Werurwe wari umunsi wo kuzirikana umwari n’umutegarugori ku isi hose. Ubusanzwe uyu munsi ufite amateka maremare watangiye ufatwa nk’igihe cyo kuzirikana ubwitange, ubutwari n’uruhare rw’abari n’abategarugori mu guharanira impinduka. Koko rero iyo witegereje usanga mu mateka ya kera abari n’abategarugori bataragize ugushishikarira ibikorwa byo guharanira impinduka nk’uko abagabo babikoze. Uyu munsi rero wagiyeho ari ugushimira abari n’abategarugori bashiritse ubwoba bagafata iya mbere ngo nabo batange umusanzu wabo. Bwari n’uburyo kandi bwo kubashishikariza ibikorwa by’ubutwari nk’ibyo.

Mu Rwanda ho hagaragaye agashya aho abagore bose hirya no hino mu gihugu basingije Paul Kagame nk’aho nawe ari umugore! Ese ni iki cyaba cyaratumye Abanyarwandakazi bajya hors sujet ?

Iyo witegereje imvugo z’abitwaga ko batumwe na bagenzi babo, usanga zose zisa ijambo ku rindi, kubera ko ibyo bavuze bari babyandikiwe. Iki nicyo gisobanura impamvu bose bagiye hors sujet. Umunsi wari wagenewe kuzirikana ko iyo uhaye umugore imbaraga, uba uzihaye umuryango w’abantu wose (Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it)! Aho kugira ngo bavuge uko bazabikora, abagore bivugiraga ibigwi bya Paul Kagame.

Abagore bafashe ijambo basozaga basaba ko Paul Kagame yahabwa amahirwe yo gukomeza kuyobora u Rwanda nyuma yo mu mwaka wa 2017, ngo kuko aramutse atagihari bose bashira. Ibi bakaba barabibwiwe n’abategetsi cyanecyane abakada bo muri FPR n’abasirikare bakora icyo bishakiye. Niba hari ikintu kijya gihindisha imishyitsi Paul Kagame n’agatsiko bafatanyije kuyobora FPR, ni amatora. Kandi koko ni mu gihe. Iyo uyoboresha igitugu ukaba uzi neza ko udakunzwe n’abantu uhora wikanga ko amatora azagushyira hanze. Ibi na none yarabyiboneye mu mwaka wa 2003 aho abanyarwanda bamweretse ko batamushaka. Kubyikuramo byamubereye insobe.  Ni nayo mpamvu mu mwaka wa 2010 atashoboye kwemera guhangana na Ingabire Victoire kuko yari azi neza ko yatsindwa biteye isoni. Ubu rero amatora ya 2017 yatangiye gutitiza Kagame kubera impamvu ebyiri.

Impamvu ya mbere ni uko Kagame atemerewe kuzongera kwiyamamaza kuko ingingo ya 101 y’itegekonshinga ry’u Rwanda ivuga ko nta na rimwe umuntu yemererwa kwiyamamariza manda zirenze ebyiri. Reka twibutse ko iyi ngingo yagiyeho igamije ibintu bibiri by’ingenzi. Icya mbere kwari uguca umuco mubi wo kwikubira ubutegetsi. Bityo waba warayoboye nabi cyangwa neza, waba uri umuhanga nka Salomoni cyangwa umuswa nka Cacana, waba intwari ntangarugero cyangwa intore bita ko izirusha intambwe, iyi ngingo igamije kukubwira ko gusimburana ku butegetsi ari ngombwa kugira ngo buri wese abone umwanya wo gutanga umusanzu we mu kubaka igihugu binyujijwe mu rubuga rwa politiki. Icya kabiri iyi ngingo yari igamije ni ugutoza Abanyarwanda umuco wa demokarasi maze nk’ahandi igihugu cyacu na cyo kikagira amahirwe yo kubona aho umuperezida acyura igihe agasimburwa atishwe.

Kagame rero azi neza uko iri tegekonshinga ryagiyeho. Azi neza aho amafaranga yo gukoresha referendumu yo mu mwaka wa 2003 yavuye n’amagambo abayatanze bamubwiye. Ikindi azi neza ko amanyanga yose yakoresha ngo iyi ngingo ihinduke ashobora kuzamukorera inkono ishyushye. Niyo mpamvu noneho yategetse abagore ngo nibavuge ko Kagame ari we kamara, ko aramutse yitabye Imana cyangwa akagira uburwayi butuma atayobora igihugu u Rwanda rwahita rusibangana ku isi! Aribeshya ariko kuko,yaravutse ararusanga kandi azarusiga ntaho rwagiye, cyakora ashobora kugerageza kurusenya no kurukomeretsa ariko tuzarusigasira turwomore turusane ubuzima bukomeze isi ikomeze itembere. Nta muntu kamara ubaho.

Impamvu ya kabiri ituma amatora yo mu mwaka wa 2017 atera impungenge Paul Kagame, ni uko atazi uko azamererwa nyuma yayo. Bimaze kugaragara ko abaturage bakomeje kugenda biga buke buke bakaba bamaze kwitegura ko batazongera gutoreshwa uwo badashaka cyangwa se ngo bemezwe ibyavuye mu matora ku ngufu.

Tugarutse kuri uyu munsi rero w’abategarugori wahinduwe umunsi wa Kagame, njye nari niteguye ko Perezida aza kubona umwanya wo kuvuga ibigwi Ingabire Victoire dore ko yabaye intwari aharanira ko abantu bakwemerewa gukorera politiki mu Rwanda, bakavuga ibitagenda bagamije ko byakosorwa. Nari ntegereje ko Kagame aza guca iteka ko Ingabire ahita asohorwa muri gereza maze agahabwa amashimwe akwiye umutegarugori waharaniye ko impinduka nziza zibaho hatagombye kumeneka amaraso. Nk’uko Paul Kagame yari aherutse guhwitura abayobozi abasaba kujya bumva kandi bagaha agaciro ababanenga, nari nzi ko ahita abishyira mu bikorwa, maze abazira kuvuga ubutegetsi bwe uko buri bagahabwa uburenganzira bwabo duhereye ku bategarugori, dore ko uriya wari umunsi wabahariwe. Impundu zose zari zigenewe abari n’abategarugori bitangiye impinduka zahawe Paul Kagame nsigara nibaza nti “Paul Kagame yabaye umutegarugori ryari?”

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