WHILE President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein may be busy crafting his new Cabinet, he has been reminded to consider gender balancing.
The reminder to Dr Shein was made here by Tanzania Media Women Association (Tamwa), through a press release, in its efforts to enable women to hold higher political positions.
“We congratulate President Dr Shein for appointing Ambassador Mr Seif Ali Iddi, but we kindly ask him to consider gender balance in his team of ministers,” it was said in the press release signed by Ms Mzuri Issa , the coordinator of, Tamwa in Zanzibar.
After swearing In the new members of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and appointing Ambassador Iddi as second vice President, Dr Shein is now expected to announce his new Cabinet.
According to the Tamwa press release, gender balance should remain a priority because women have been playing key roles in development programs yet they are few in decision-making groups (including Parliament, and the Cabinet).
Dr Shein ended his first ‘five-year’ term last year with four females out of 19 ministers including three who had no portfolios. Activists have been pushing for a 50 percent gender balance to involve more women in government.