Tanzania has signed a number of international and national policy frameworks recognizing the right of equal participation of women in the political arena. However, women are still largely underrepresented in the national parliament, on the local level and in leading positions in government and political parties. The inadequate participation is linked to a number of reasons, such as limited capacities of women to participate in the political game, existing social gender norms on women’s abilities of women to compete in politics as well as structural barriers like the lack/ non-enforcement of existing policies and strategies that address gender inequality in terms of political participation.
The project Women Leaders – Power of Change is going to address some of those challenges in order to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, target 5 in Tanzania: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
The project aims at the following three target groups:
Activities thereby constitute of:
Main objectives of the project are:
The project is implemented by the Hanns-Seidel Foundation in close collaboration with the Office of Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), the Center of Good Governance and Economic Development (CGG&ED) and Women Fund Tanzania (WFT). It is co-funded by the EU and will take place from 2017 – 2019 in all regions in Tanzania. Further information about the project can be found here.