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Sahara marks International Women’s Day in Tanzania with empowerment seminar  

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Sahara Tanzania Limited, an affiliate of leading African Energy and Infrastructure Conglomerate, Sahara Group, celebrated the 2018 International Women’s Day with students of Kigamboni Secondary School in Dar es Salaam where conversations were held on issues bordering on gender equality, women empowerment and skill acquisition.

The IWD celebration was equally marked at the various Sahara Group’s locations in over 13 countries across four continents, including Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications at Sahara Group, said the company was passionate about gender parity, equal opportunity, quality girl child education and skills acquisition projects that give wings to the aspirations of women in Africa and all over the world. 

“Sahara recently partnered with Zuriel Oduwole a 15 yera-old young film maker and girl education advocate to empower 90 girls in the art of film making in Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivore. Working with various stakholders, we continue to spread the message of hope, empowerment a d awareness through sustained interventions for promoting women activities across the globe,” Obioma stated.

Speaking at the event in Kigamboni, Seraphine Matembo, Business Development, Sahara Tanzania Limited, said it was a privilege for the company to join the teachers and girls in Kigamboni Secondary School as Sahara’s contribution towards preparing Tanzanian girls to see themselves as future leaders in Africa. 

“We had important conversations with the students who were eager to learn more about how they can prepare themselves for a brighter future. Ultimately, the students left the seminar with a renewed resolve to study hard, learn vocational skills and embrace the culture of hard work, discipline and creativity,” Matembo added.

Also speaking at the event, the school’s Headmaster,  Mr. Lutent Mgongolwa commended Sahara for the platform and urged the students to remain focused on their studies and never give up on their ambitions. “These are the platforms we need to transform and empower our girls and boys in Tanzania and I want to urge Sahara Tanzania to keep up the good work.”

Head Girl, Ms. Dainess Benard said all the students were inspired by the seminar and are determined to pursue their dreams. “Listening to the ladies from Sahara Tanzania Limited made me realise that my dreams are not beyond my reach.”

Sahara Tanzania, working through Sahara Foundation, the Group’s Corporate Responsibility vehicle, has since implemented several projects including a Library upgrade (at Pugu Secondary School), provision of sanitation facilities at the Salama Kikwete Secondary School and other empowerment projects through interactive workshops for individuals between the ages of 15- 35. 

Sahara Tanzania is committed to implementing more empowerment projects that will enhance employability and entrepreneurship skills training among youths in Tanzania.

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