By VALENTINE OFORO

THE Deputy Secretary-General of the East African Community, (EAC), Eng Stephen Mlote has called on women in East African and in Africa as a whole to stand at the forefront to contest for the various leadership positions.

He made the remarks in Arusha while launching a women’s forum organized by the Women’s Development and Communication Network in Africa (FEMNET).

The vital forum was tailored for strengthening women’s participation in African political affairs, where he insisted that women have a great opportunity to handle such positions, saying even in the EAC parliament there are special seats for women MPs.

Eng Mlote said the East African Community is always ensuring that in matters of leadership there is equality as a house without a woman will be underdeveloped.

On her side, MP for the East African Community,  Eng Pamela Maasay who doubles as the spokeswoman for the women MPs within EAC parliament said it was disconcerting that most of the women within the community were still lagging behind when it comes to vying for diverse leadership positions.

She urged the women within East Africa and in Tanzania, in particular, to borrow a leaf from President Samia Suluhu Hassan who has so far demonstrated that women are capable of holding top decision-making positions.

For her part, the Director of MIMUTIE, Rose Njilo, said it was time to make the world aware that women can be leaders.

Moreover, speaking during the event, the director of the SASA Foundation, Jovita Mlay, said that the awareness of women running for office was still low due to fears of infertility, and urged them to turn out in large numbers to run for equity.

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