Speech Deliver By Otunba Dr Basirat Nahibi – Niasse, President/Founder Of Women Advancement For Economic And Leadership Empowerment In Africa (WAELE/ARCELFA) In Dar-Ess-Salaam On The 11th Of September 2006 During A Meeting With The President Of United Republic Of Tanzania His Excellency Mr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

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Excellency Sir, we the executive members of Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment in Africa (WAELE/ARCELFA) are happy and honored to be in Dar-Ess-Salaam on your kind invitation. We are also grateful for the opportunity given by your magnanimous invitation to brief you on the activities of our organization.

Our Organization, Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment in Africa (WAELE/ARCELFA) was founded on 8th May 2004 and registered with Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission on 7th September 2004. The organization is structured to meet the yearnings of African women across the continent who believes that women should participate more fully in the economic decision making and governance of our great continent.

OUR MISSION is to strive to unify various groups and provide a stronger voice towards meeting African Women’s aspirations. Our long term objective is to have a strong, virile and committed organization that will continue to champion the sustainable emancipation of African Women. WAELE/ARCELFA is presently in 27 countries including Tanzania.

Efforts to galvanize women to take political and economic leadership positions in Africa have shown very limited results. Women constitute over 50% of Africa’s population and are unfortunately and uniquely affected by limited access to opportunities, resources, and an equal platform for their personal development. It is gratifying however, to note that the struggle for the achievement of these laudable goals that will bring women into leadership positions has already started in earnest in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Your Excellency Sir, our Organization has followed the activities of your government with keen interest. Since you became the president of the United Republic of Tanzania, we are very grateful for the honour and opportunity you have given so far to our Tanzania sisters to be part of a new Tanzania is a country under the leadership of a young and dynamic president with focus, new energy, new speed and above all gender friendly. In this wise, we commend Your Excellency for supporting and exposing the women of Tanzania to leadership positions both at home and in the international arena.

Two of this women who deserve special mention are Hon. Mrs. Getrude Mongella who is the president of Pan African Parliament and Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Secretary United Nations Center for Human Settlement (HABITAT) to mention a few

We have to also commend your Excellency for the sound work in fostering political stability and environmental development in the area of domestic water supply and energy for cooking as well as food production. Our Organization WAELE/ARCELFA is particularly interested in the area of Food Security because more than 50% of farmers in Tanzania are women. We would like to use this opportunity to implore Your Excellency to further assist the women farmers by providing them with modern farming and food processing equipment to enable them process and preserve their farm produce.

WAELE/ARCELFA 3rd Continental Conference with the Theme: – “AFRICAN WOMEN EMANCIPATION: – THE KEY TO THE FUTUREwill be taking place April, 2010. There will be an African Women Award night where recognition will be given to deserving sons and daughters of Africa, who have contributed immensely to the advancement and emancipation of the African woman.

Permit me Your Excellency Sir, to use this opportunity to inform you, that you have been nominated to be a recipient of our 2008 award; we therefore look forward to your honouring our invitation to Tripoli for the receipt of the award.

Towards our 4th Continental Conference coming up in Dar-ess-salaam April 2010, we are grateful for your commitment and readiness to assist in making the conference a success.

Finally, on behalf of the entire members of Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment in Africa (WAELE/ARCELFA) we thank Your Excellency for giving us this great opportunity to be in Dar-Ess-Salaam. May Almighty ALLAH continue to protect, guide and bless you (Amin)

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