A message from Mary Kalikawe on International Women’s Day
“Looking at our changing world is similar to looking at reflections in a fast moving car mirror. As we approach International Women’s Day, we as Women in Tourism Tanzania, must stand together with all women of our nation and the world, to reflect on and commit our allegiance to this years theme – “BE BOLD FOR CHANGE”.
This theme has two main calls. One being an accretion that the world is changing rapidly and women must not be left behind. We must leave our comfort zones, embrace change and strive to take on more leadership with courage. The other is to be bold, to change and to celebrate who we are. I read somewhere that, “Forceful men do not like women who are too bold”. The times when women did only what pleased men are long past. We need to separate ourselves from the feeling that “we are not good enough”, because we are!
This thought draws my memory back to 2011 when the Tanzania National Women’s soccer team was starting to play international games. I went to watch their game against Malawi at the national stadium in Dar es Salaam. These girls changed my world with their beautiful skilful play and went on to win in front of a then skeptical crowd. Each player did their best to make Tanzania proud and to make women proud, and continue to be winning flag bearers of both today. This change from the male dominance of soccer to women doing it with triumph is a living example of what can happen when we believe in ourselves and are bold in our actions.
Let us continue to break the barriers and embrace the unfolding opportunities that lie ahead.”
HAVE A HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!