First Lady Christine Kaseba has said women in African must be educated in order for them to be highly empowered to a level where they can make positive contributions to the development of their countries.
Dr. Kaseba noted that once women are empowered through education, they will be able to make informed decisions in regard to their health and engage in entrepreneurship.
She said education was a cross cutting issue which must be accessed by everyone.
She told ZANIS shortly before departing Tanzania for Zambia yesterday, Dr. Kaseba added that once women were educated, they would be able to take up decision making positions in government.
“ Education is cross cutting. For instance a girl’s education will impact the age at which she marries, the number of children she has, the education of her children, the health of her family and her ability to get a job,” she explained.
Dr. Kaseba was in Tanzania for an African First Ladies Summit dubbed “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa”.
She described the summit as a success and an opportunity for African First Ladies and other stakeholders to share experiences and best practices.
“The summit provided an opportunity to share experiences, challenges and to learn from each other. Most African countries are facing similar challenges, so countries can learn from each other and find solutions,” Dr. Kaseba said.
Dr. Kaseba noted that since Zambia was recording success in the fight against breast and cervical cancer, it has a chance to share its achievement so that other countries in Africa can learn how it was done.
The First Lady also commended the media for the role it was playing in highlighting issues of breast and cervical cancer.
She said the media have been an active partner in raising awareness about cancer and urged them to continue.
The First Lady was seen off by Tanzanian Minister of Local Government, Hawa Ghasia, Zambian High Commissioner to Tanzania Judith Kapijimpanga and other senior official from the Embassy.