Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has hailed the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (Gewe) project, describing it as one of the best tools for gender balance in communities nationwide.
In an interview, yesterday, Kaliati said through the project, women are not only being recognised, but have also attained decision-making positions.
“In a way, this is making both men and women to earn respect. Through this project families are able to make decisions together as a unit,” she said
One of the chiefs who has been elevated in respect of Gewe is senior group village head Jonasi.
“In an interview with The Nation Jonasi said since the Gewe project started in Mponela in 2013, over 30 women have become chiefs a thing that was not possible in the past.
“Gewe project has made it possible for me and other women to work in groups where so many issues are being tackled, for example, we have women’s groups currently doing all kinds of bussiness, hence improving our livelihoods,” she said.
Jonasi said the more women make it into decision-making positions the more the women will assist other women at all levels.
Ministry of Gender is implementing the Gewe project in conjunction with United Nations Population Fund UNFPA with the European Union (EU) as the main donor.