Is There Still a Glass Ceiling?

A research conducted last year in November by Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE) through its Female Future Tanzania program has revealed that only four out of ten women’s are in managerial level.

Female Future Coordinator at the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE)  Lilian Machera said that a research was aimed to expose and revealed bottleneck that hinder women to acquire top position in the workplaces.

‘The research was conducted to 300 companies to private sector in Dar es Salaam region with the ultimate goal of finding sustainable solution and pave the way for women to acquire top position in the workplaces,” she said.

She noted that the findings also revealed that emotional, family matters and little confidence are the bottleneck that hinder them to expose their capabilities in the workplaces.

Machera said the major aims of the programme is to get more women into management positions, decision making processes and on Corporate Boards and that it will be delivered through executive training on Leadership, Rhetoric and Board Competence where as the courses will be directly linked to participants’ daily work routine at their workplaces.

“Currently, Tanzanian unemployment rate stands at 10.3 percent; therefore, job creation should be a development agenda that the government should focus on,’’ she noted.

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan graced the one day forum that aims at attracting more women into leading positions and on Boards of Directors of Companies with the ultimate goal of having 50% to 50% in the long run.

VP noted that the programme would help in promoting talents to the men and women of Tanzania and attain vision 2025 which aims at ensuring the country is becoming a middle income country by 2025.

Co-organised by Kazi Service Limited in partnership with the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), the event  provides a platform for more than 400 women leaders and professionals drawn from the private and public sectors in areas of academia, military, judiciary, diplomatic missions and non-governmental organizations.

Female Future program was established by ATE in collaboration with the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), the programme will officially commence in July this year.