Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Therefore, gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of UNDP’s development work and mandate (Gender Equality Strategy 2014-17). While Tanzania has achieved progress towards gender equality under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), women and girls continue to suffer violence and discrimination in access to employment, health services, education and decision making processes. This is reflected in the Gender Inequality Index, where Tanzania ranks 125 out of 155 countries with a rating of 0.547. Root causes for gender inequalities include historical and structural power imbalances between women and men and pervasive gender stereotypes. Some of the main challenges for gender equality in Tanzania are inequitable access to and ownership of land and resources, the low participation of women at all levels of decision making, gender based violence and women exclusion from the economy. These issues are augmented by the impacts of HIV/AIDS and high levels of income poverty among women. UNDP Tanzania supports national efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in close collaboration with the government, civil society, development partners and other UN agencies. more
UNDP Tanzania Gender Equalty Goals
UNDP promotes women’s voice and participation in electoral and decision-making processes and supports the Government to improve justice service delivery for poor and marginalized men and women. Interventions, implemented in collaboration with UN Women, include training of women candidates for parliamentary seats and gender sensitization of political parties and electoral management bodies. UNDP promotes the economic empowerment of rural women by enhancing their livelihood and entrepreneurship skills and improving their access to information, finance and technology. UNDP also supports ministries and districts to integrate gender concerns into development policies, plans and budgets. UNDP builds the capacity of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation and supports interventions such as the introduction of energy saving stoves, solar energy and water harvesting techniques, which contribute to reduce the burden of women’s unpaid care work while at the same time promoting environmental conservation.
Woman beneficiary of the Tanzania "Productive Social Safety Nets Programme sharing how the programme has helped her start her own food business (Prudence Zoe Glorious)."more