Unleashing female leadership, a path to progress

Dar es Salaam. Professor Kitila Mkumbo, the Minister of State in the Office of the President (Planning and Investment), emphasized the necessity of empowering women for the betterment of the world. He highlighted that women possess many qualities and attributes that make them natural leaders, often surpassing their male counterparts.

Professor Kitila made these remarks on Saturday, March 23, 2024, during the climax of the eighth season of the ‚ÄúMalkia wa Nguvu‚ÄĚ initiative, themed ‘Empower and Enable,’ organized by the Clouds Media Group. This campaign aims to recognize and appreciate the contributions of women to society.

The awards are presented annually across various sectors including health, education, innovation, and community service.

“If half of the world’s leaders were women, it would be a better place. Women have many qualities and attributes that make them excellent leaders, and there is no reason why they should not have equal opportunities,” stated Professor Kitila.

The minister adds “The only thing they need is more support. We men have not provided enough support; we have lagged behind in encouragement and empowerment.”

Joseph Kusaga, the Director of Clouds Media Group, reiterated the organization’s commitment to support and empower women in business and industry. He announced the former Member of Parliament for Ukerewe, Ambassador Getrude Mongela, as the recipient of the prestigious ‚ÄúMalkia wa Nguvu‚ÄĚ honor in recognition of her contributions to the nation.

Receiving the award, Ambassador Mongela remarked, “Everything I have achieved in this world is because of others. For those of us in marriage, you cannot be a ‚ÄúMalkia wa Nguvu‚ÄĚ if your husband is not understanding. You may break barriers, but you will encounter challenges.”

In the healthcare sector, the ‚ÄúMalkia wa Nguvu‚ÄĚ award was presented to Professor Esther Mwaikambo, a specialist in pediatric medicine. Professor Mwaikambo expressed her gratitude to Clouds Media Group for acknowledging her contributions. “I can’t believe I’m receiving this; I thank Clouds Media for recognizing and honoring me. Thank you for valuing me,” she said.

The Leadership Award in public service went to Dr Lucy Shule, the Director of Training at the National Defence College (NDC), who has served in this role for over two decades. Dr Shule has also contributed significantly to defense and security matters.

The ‚ÄúMalkia wa Nguvu‚ÄĚ initiative serves as a platform to celebrate and uplift women who are making a difference in various fields, advocating for gender equality and empowerment. Through recognizing their achievements, it aims to inspire others and foster a more inclusive and equitable society.

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