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Call for gender equality

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, January 19, 2013

THE Ministry of Women will soon be dispatching a team of officials to rural areas around the country to carry out awareness of gender equality and women-related issues.

Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Jiko Luveni confirmed that part of their plans featured enlightening people at the grassroots level on the need to stop discrimination against women.

Dr Luveni said women would always need men at every level of development within the communities and that it took a combined partnership between the two genders to achieve the success of the nation.

"Christian teachings describe men as the head of the family, however, this does not mean that women's views and decisions are pushed aside," said Dr Luveni.

"It only means men also consider their women partners in making decisions and assisting them in airing their views.

"Men should engage women in decision-making in all level of societies as this is about respecting each other's views and decisions."

Dr Luveni lauded various government departments and NGOs for their input in trying to eradicate discrimination against women.

Speaking on the issue of the rise of sexual offences against women, she said there was a need to address the determinant factor which cause the social ills.

"We need to determine the factors that contribute to the commission of these facts like the abuse of alcohol and so on.

"Women are also prone to these forms of attack from evil elements in society and they should try their best not to invite unwanted attention to themselves."