Tanzania women's team react after President's remarks about 'flat-chested' players


“To those athletes who are flat-chested, one can easily think that they are men,” Hassan had mentioned at a state occasion final Sunday to rejoice Tanzania’s Under-23 males’s staff within the coastal metropolis of Dar-es-Salaam.

“”It is unlucky that there is no such thing as a hope of marriage life for a few of these athletes, marriage is sort of a dream for them. If one among you was to select one of many athletes and take her residence as a spouse to fulfill your mother and father, I’m certain your mom could be stunned and confused as as to whether it is a lady or a person,” the president said.

Elsewhere in her speech, she emphasized the need to increase funding for the country’s athletes, especially sportswomen and looking after them in retirement.

A video of Hassan’s speech, which was delivered in Swahili, sparked outrage after it was widely shared on social media.

Hassan, 61, is the country’s first female president who was sworn in after the death of predecessor John Magufuli in March this year.

Her reign was touted to usher in a more liberal stance from her predecessor’s often repressive regime.

“The remark by president @SuluhuSamia on ladies footballers is a humiliation to all ladies,” said forner MP Catherine Ruge, head of the women’s arm of the opposition Chadema party.

Remarks ‘misinterpreted’

The Presidency has not commented on the uproar following Hassan’s remarks, however, senior players of Tanzania’s national women’s team ‘Twiga Stars,’ said at a press conference Thursday that she had been misinterpreted.

“There is an announcement that the president had spoken about and folks interpreted it in several methods,” one player said.

“The president’s assertion gave us, the gamers, loads of power and encouragement, which made us to work very arduous in sports activities. We haven’t seen something with that assertion.”

Another player stated women footballers in the country are not bothered by their physical looks.

“We are stunning, we’re great like different ladies and we additionally plan to be moms sometime. The query about look on our facet will not be one thing that basically issues to us… The sport we play wants loads of power. We won’t cease doing exercising to construct our muscle tissues and strengths in an effort to attain our objectives,” the participant, who was not named, mentioned.

‘Unfortunate comment’

Maria Sarungi Tsehai, an activist and founding father of the #ChangeTanzania motion, described President Hassan’s remarks as “body-shaming,” and “fully unacceptable and surprising from a lady chief.”

“This type of soundbite from the president of the nation, particularly one who’s a lady is definitely pounced upon by sexist and misogynistic individuals,” Tsehai advised CNN.

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“It’s a really unlucky comment, contemplating the truth that she (Hassan) has been celebrated in Africa as the primary feminine president of Tanzania — overcoming stereotypes and the perceptions individuals have {that a} lady can’t be the chief of a rustic.”

“For her to show that round and use stereotyping towards these ladies who’re additionally breaking stereotypes…particularly in a male-dominated sport like soccer, could be very unlucky,” she added.



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