Sealing UNDP Tanzania into Something SpecialAug 27, 2014
Under the initial self assessment stage for the Gender Equality Seal Certification, UNDP Tanzania ranked as the highest in the continent for its implementation of gender mainstreaming tools throughout programming and operations. It was awarded silver standard with a score of 75%, five percent away from the gold standard.
The Gender Equality Seal is a UNDP certification process that recognizes good performance of UNDP Country Offices, Regional Bureau and Regional Services Centers in delivering transformational gender equality results. The certification process depends on the completion of four steps which include; a self assessment to identify gender gaps, implementation of an action plan for improvement on gaps identified in the self assessment, gender equality seal (GES) assessment team visit for final level recommendation for certification, and the certification ceremony.
The self assessment process enabled UNDP Tanzania to get a clear indication of achievements and areas for improvement in gender mainstreaming throughout each sector.. The CO’s understanding was further enhanced by the comprehensive feedback provided by the gender equality seal team..
Owing to such a promising outcome in the first stage, the CO aims to complete the next stages in the gender equality seal process in order to reach gold standard.
Current Situation of Gender Equality in Tanzania
The Government of Tanzania is currently drafting its report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination and Violence Against Women (CEDAW) highlighting the progress made in the implementation of the convention as well as identifying areas for improvement and increased focus. One of the main achievements cited for the State is the establishment of 417 gender and children desks located in major police stations throughout the country. Standard Operating Guidelines have been adopted as well as a three year action plan, which is assisting in the functioning of the desks. However, more work needs to be done in terms of capacity building for investigation and prosecution in cases concerning violence against women and only 8 of the 417 police stations have separate rooms for confidentiality and protection. Furthermore, women are often marginalized in decision making at the local level which often have impacts on their work in agriculture and adaptation to climate change.
UNDP is assisting Tanzania to address gender inequality and empower women through the Small Grants projects, Women are the main beneficiaries of interventions concerning access to clean water, firewood collection and enhanced food production such as raising awareness, applying crop rotation techniques and installation of water sourcing infrastructure closer to villages. Such interventions enhance the economic power of women, which in turn increases their access to justice, health and education UNDP is also furthering the inclusion of women in decision making processes through the Democratic Election Project in collaboration with UN Women and UNESCO.