Today is International Women’s Day, a remarkable day to celebrate. Today is more than just a time to celebrate women, but a time to reflect upon how far women have come over the decades. The world is seeing a growing number of African women in the mainstream with Nobel laureates, astronauts, authors, heads of state, politicians to renowned scientists.
Closer home in Tanzania we have seen the likes of Bibi Titi Mohammed, a leading female politician who actively fought for Tanzanian independence. Who made way for others like scientists and researchers like Julie Makani, a professor and researcher in sickle cell anemia, whose research has seen her receive an acclaimed Royal Society Pfizer Award. To smallholder potato farmer like Sarah Nyagawa, now adopting improved varieties now venturing in to commercial agriculture with a potato seed store supplying seeds to neighbouring farms in her Njombe village.
This year’s theme is: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change, this is a reminder of how much further women of Africa can go and just how much more opportunity lies ahead!
From the SAGCOT Centre to all women, Happy International Women’s Day!