Highlights of Government’s Bold Initiatives at International Women’s Forum in London

  • November 18, 2023
Marlborough House, London, England:  November 15, 2023 – Hon. Mama Mariam H. Mwinyi, the esteemed wife of Zanzibar’s President, Settlor, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF), took center stage at the Women Leaders meeting organized by the Commonwealth of Nations at Marlborough House, London. The gathering served as a platform for Mama Mariam H. Mwinyi to shed light on the groundbreaking initiatives spearheaded by the Government of Zanzibar, particularly under the leadership of President Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi.
In her impassioned presentation, Mama Mariam H. Mwinyi commended the eighth-phase government’s unwavering commitment to address issues of sexual abuse. She emphasized pivotal reforms, including the establishment of Special Courts dedicated to handling cases of sexual abuse, the removal of bail for those accused of such heinous acts, and expediting the legal process for hearing and judgment in these cases. The First Lady’s discourse went beyond governmental initiatives, delving into the impactful endeavors of the ZMBF Institute. She elaborated on the institute’s objectives and experiences in contributing to the government’s overarching goal of improving the well-being of women, youth, and children in Zanzibar. Notable efforts include the economic empowerment of women, particularly in the crucial sector of seaweed farming, initiatives to strengthen maternal and child health, and the establishment of a program supporting access to feminine hygiene products.

Mama Mariam H. Mwinyi’s address showcased the collaborative spirit between the government and ZMBF in creating meaningful change in Zanzibar’s communities. As the First Lady eloquently outlined, these joint efforts aim to uplift the vulnerable sectors of society, fostering economic empowerment and ensuring the health and dignity of women and children.

The global stage in London provided an ideal setting for Mama Mariam H. Mwinyi to share Zanzibar’s strides in combating sexual abuse and promoting holistic development. The international community witnessed a resounding affirmation of Zanzibar’s commitment to fostering a society where every individual, irrespective of gender, enjoys a life of dignity, security, and prosperity.

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