Women play a critical part in life. They are the jewels of diamonds that make our hearts burst into flames of joy. Mothers are life carriers. In real life, a mother’s unconditional love is immeasurable. In parenting, mothers and fathers are the primary caregivers. This explains why our Evidence based parenting practices target men and women, boys and girls. Economically, empowering women and men spurs holistic growth and development.

As the world marks International Women’s Day, we recognize the work and contribution of women in all spheres of life. As an organization, we support efforts to have a gender sensitive and inclusive world as envisaged by the United Nations. On March 8, we joined parents, teachers, students of Samuye Secondary School, Puni ward in Shinyanga rural, Tanzania.

Government ready to protect women
The mood and the message of the day were clear – everyone talking about women empowerment and equality. From the songs and skits to speeches, attendees agreed that women and girls too matter in economic development.

The guest of honor, Josephine Matiko, Shinyanga District Commissioner congratulated community members for taking part in the event. She emphasized the need to have more opportunities for women across all economic spheres adding that the government was ready to protect women.

“The government will continue to use law enforcement to protect the rights of women on violence. I therefore encourage you to report abuse cases anytime they occur for action,” said Ms Matiko.

ICS-SP to continue empowering women
The event also gave women groups a chance to showcase their products such as bricks made by women, woven flowers, cooked food by food vendors, dresses, and woven bed sheets. The exhibition revealed how women are talented and entrepreneurial.

Before closing the ceremony, ICS – SP took lead in discussing how Skilful Parenting promotes women and girls empowerment. Sabrina Majikata said ICS will continue to promote women and girls empowerment through training sessions to parents and caregivers. She also encouraged men to give opportunity to women to participate in economic activities, decision making, and prioritize girl child education.

ICS Staff during IWD2017