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Tanzania
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Flag of Tanzania
Population (in Mil.) 47.78
Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - WB) 28.25
Sex Ratio (m/f) 0.99
Life Expectancy Ratio (f/m) 1.033898305
Fertility Rate 4.16
Estimated Earned Income (f/m) 0.69
Tertiary Enrolment Ratio (f/m) 2.1
Women in Parliament (in %) 36
INDICES
Human Development Index 152/187
Social Institutions and Gender Index 47/86
Gender Inequality Index 152/186
Gender Equity Index 97/168
Women’s Economic Opportunity Index 95/128
Global Gender Gap Index 66/68
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Social Institutions

Tanzania became independent from Britain in 1964.[1] Following a period of one-party rule, democratic elections were held for the first time in 1995.[2] Politically and economically stable, Tanzania has developed as a popular tourist destination, with many coming to visit Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti national park.[3] Tanzania is classed as a low-income country by the World Bank.[4] The Constitution of Tanzania prohibits gender-based discrimination but the country’s legislation has yet to be adjusted to support this principle.[5] In general, legal protection for women remains limited, in part because Tanzania’s judicial authorities take into account both customary and Islamic laws.[6] Stereotypical views of the role and place of men and women still persist in Tanzania, and are evident at the household level, division of labour, access and control over resources and power relations.[7] Whilst Tanzania has achieved gender parity in primary school education, gender gaps remain in secondary and tertiary education, wage equality and political participation.[8] Tanzania ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discriminatoin Against Women in 1985, and the Optional Protocol in 2004.[9] The country ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa in 2007.[10] The 2011 Human Development Index rating for Tanzania is 0.466, placing it in 152nd place (out of 187 countries).[11] Tanzania is ranked in 119th place in the Gender Inequality Index (out of 146 countries), with a score of 0.590.[12] Tanzania is ranked in 59th place in the 2011 Global Gender Gap Index, with a score of 0.6904.[13]

Discriminatory Family Code

The minimum legal age for marriage is 15 years for women and 18 years for men, but the law allows exceptions for girls aged 14 years under “justifiable” circumstances. As of 2008, it appeared that the law in regard to minimum age for marriage was under review, with a view to raising the minimum age to 18.[14] There is a high incidence of early marriage in Tanzania that has remained unchanged over the last fifteen years: between 1996 and 2004, between 23.5 and 27.8% of girls between 15 and 19 years of age were married, divorced or widowed.[15] In addition, the first of those studies, the 2004-2005 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), found that 8.5% of ever married women between the ages of 20 and 49 were married before their 15th birthday.[16] Tanzanian law recognises three types of marriage: monogamous, polygamous and potentially polygamous.[17] The 2004-2005 DHS reported that 22.9 of women surveyed were in polygamous marriages, which is lower than the 29% measured during the 1990s.[18] By law, mothers and fathers in Tanzania have equal rights in regard to parental authority, but many traditional practices discriminate against women, and men are very much in control at the household level.[19] However, domestic violence is recognised as grounds for divorce by the courts.[20] Customary Law (Declaration) Order No. 436/63 discriminates against women as widows and daughters with respect to inheritance.[21] Women and girls are unable to inherit clan land at all, and for other types of property, they inherit less if at all. Between 46 and 55% of all widows are reported to be dispossessed of their land.[22] According to the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, 38.06% of widows inherited majority of assets after their spouses in 2004.[23]

Restricted Physical Integrity

In 1998, the government passed the Sexual Offences Special Provision Act, 1998, which addresses both rape and incest. The law also criminalises spousal rape, but only if the couple is legally separated. Rape is now punishable by life imprisonment or by 30 days in prison with corporal punishment.[24] There is no law in Tanzania specifically addressing domestic violence.[25] When women do seek help from the police, they are generally unwilling to intervene.[26] Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited in Tanzania, but is understood to be widespread.[27] According to the US Department of State’s 2010 human rights report, this includes women being expected to perform sexual favours in exchange for promotion at work.[28] Domestic violence remains very widespread and severely under-reported.[29] Pressure from family and the community to remain silent, and stigma surrounding gender-based violence prevents many women from reporting spousal violence.[30] The number of complaints filed in relation to violence against women has increased in recent years. A 2005 study found that 15% of ever married women had been physically assaulted in the previous 12 months, while 33% had ever experienced violence at the hands of their partner.[31] A majority of women in Tanzania view some forms of wife beating as justified; in the 2004-2005 DHS, when presented with a list of five reasons why a husband might be justified in beating his wife, 59.6% agreed with at least one reason.[32] Rape remains a serious problem. According to the US Department of State, there were an estimated 3,200 reported rape cases between January and June of 2010 throughout the country.[33] More than 10% of Tanzanian women are thought to have suffered a sexual assault, but this figure may be low because very few women register complaints.[34] FGM for anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited under the Sexual Offences Special Provision Act, 1998, and section 21 of the penal code, with punishments of 5 to 15 years in prison.[35] However, according to 2008 report to the CEDAW committee, the law is poorly enforced, and as of 2008, no-one had been prosecuted for performing FGM.[36] The 2005 DHS found that nearly 15% of women surveyed had undergone some form of FGM.[37] According to some sources, the number of Tanzanian women who want FGM to continue is very low; the 2005 DHS, for example found more than 90% of those surveyed wanted the practice to end, versus only 5% who thought it should continue.[38] Abortion can only be performed legally in cases where the woman’s mental or physical health is in danger.[39] There are no legal restrictions on women’s access to contraception in Tanzania.[40] While knowledge of contraceptives approached universal in Tanzania,[41] a women’s decision to use and usage patterns appear to be strongly correlated with her feelings about contraception and her desire for children. Overall 20% of currently married women were using contraception at the time of the 2004-2005 DHS.[42] Among the 73.6% of women who were not using, just over 56% intended future use, while 38.6% did not.[43] Of this latter group, and unlike respondents to this question in surveys in surrounding countries, relatively few women reported a reason related to infertility. Rather, more than 15.5% reported outright opposition to contraception; an additional 7.4% said that their husband opposed, and an additional 15.6% wanted to have as many children as possible.[44] Other factors limiting women’s access to contraction include shortages of supplies at clinics, and the need to travel long distances to reach healthcare providers.[45]

Son Bias

According to the 2010 DHS, 75.8% of boys and 74.5% of girls under two had had all their basic vaccinations.[46] Under-five mortality rates were higher for boys than for girls, as were rates of malnutrition.[47] Overall, this is not indicative of son preference in regard to early childhood care. DHS data for 2010 indicates that 20% of women aged 20-24 had no education at all, compared to 9.6% of men. Secondary school completion rates for the same age bracket were 19.5% and 32.7% respectively.[48] This would indicate some preference towards sons in regard to access to education. The male/female sex ratio for the total population in 2012 is 0.98.[49] There is no evidence to suggest that Tanzania is a country of concern in relation to missing women.

Restricted Resources and Entitlements

Customary laws that restrict a woman’s property rights are still widespread, but the government of Tanzania has taken steps to improve legislation in regard to women’s ownership rights. The 1999 Land Act gives Tanzanian women the right to obtain access to land, including the right to own, use and sell land, and mandates joint titling of land.[50] The Village Land Act ensures that women are represented on land allocation committees and land administration councils.[51] Although Tanzania’s Law of Marriage Act grants women certain ownership rights, including access to property other than land, customary and Islamic laws that undermine these rights prevail within the Muslim community.[52] Upholding the Law of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court of Tanzania has invalidated customary law that prevented women from selling land.[53] A 2004 amendment to the Land Act gave Tanzanian women the right to mortgage land to enable them to access to bank loans.[54] Prior to this, a women’s development fund was established in 1993 to facilitate access to commercial loans and encourage women to participate in the economic sector.[55] However, customary practices continue to restrict women’s access to and control over loans and credit.

Restricted Civil Liberties

Tanzanian women’s civil liberties appear to be respected; there are no stated legal restrictions on their access to public space. However, women’s freedom of movement may be restricted on a day-to-day basis: 48.9% of married women aged 15-49 questioned for the 2010 DHS said that their husbands made the final decision as to whether or not they could travel to visit family.[56] Freedom of speech, assembly and association are generally respected in Tanzania.[57] Women’s rights organisations in Tanzania appear to be particularly active in the area of raising awareness of gender-based violence, and providing support to victims.[58] With respect to political participation, women hold 99 of 323 seats in Tanzania’s unicameral National Assembly, which is just above the Constitutional mandate that women occupy 30% of the seats. In addition, 7 women were appointed to hold ministerial positions.[59] Tanzania offers paid maternity leave to employed women for up to 84 days (12 weeks), financed by a national social security fund.[60] However, the large number of women employed in the informal sector and as unpaid agricultural workers means that they are not eligible for maternity and other social security benefits.[61]

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The Africa for Women's Rights Campaign

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Key facts

  • CEDAW: ratified in 1985
  • CEDAW Protocol: ratified in 2006
  • Maputo Protocol: ratified in 2007

The Campaign

On 8 March 2009 the "Africa for Women's Rights" Campaign was launched at the initiative of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), in collaboration with fove non-governmental regional organisations: the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies(ACDHRS), Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA). These organisations make up the Steering Committee responsible for the coordination of the Campaign.

The Campaign aims to put an end to discrimination and violence against women in Africa, calling on states to ratify international and regional instruments protecting women's rights, to repeal all discriminatory laws, to adopt laws protecting the rights of women and to take all necessary measures to wensure their effective implementation.

Country Focus: Tanzania

Although Tanzania has ratified the main international and regional women’s rights protection instruments, many of their provisions continue to be violated in both law and practice. The Coalition of the Campaign remains particularly concerned about the following violations in Tanzania: the persistence of discriminatory laws; violence against women; unequal access to education, employment and health services; and violations of the right to property.

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The Women, Business and the Law

Where are laws equal for men and women? 

The Women, Business and the Law report presents indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women's prospects as entrepreneurs and employees. Several of these indicators draw on the Gender Law Library, a collection of over 2,000 legal provisions impacting women's economic status. This report does not seek to judge or rank countries, but to provide information to inform discussions about women’s economic rights. Women, Business and the Law provides data covering 6 areas: accessing institutions,using property, getting a job, providing incentives to work, building credit, and going to court. Read more about the methodology.

For detailed information on Tanzania, please visit the Women, Business and
the Law Tanzania
page.

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The FAO Gender and Land Rights Database

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The FAO Gender and Land Rights Database contains country level information on social, economic, political and cultural issues related to the gender inequalities embedded in those rights. Disparity on land access is one of the major causes for social and gender inequalities in rural areas, and it jeopardizes, as a consequence, rural food security as well as the wellbeing of individuals and families.

Six categories

The Database offers information on the 6 following Categories:

  • National legal frame
  • International treaties and conventions
  • Customary law 
  • Land tenure and related Institutions
  • Civil society organizations
  • Selected Land Related Statistics

For detailed information on Tanzania, please visit the report on Tanzania in the http://www.fao.org/gender/landrights/ FAO Gender and Land Rights Database.

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MDG 3.3.3 Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Goal: "To eliminate gender disparty in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015."[1]


“Several policies have been put in place to foster gender issues. Women and Gender Development Policy aims at reducing inequalities between men and women and specifies issues for particular action, including education of the girl child, ownership and inheritance of property, unbearable cultural prejudices related to nutrition, violence, genital mutilation, as well as job and pay discrimination. The governance cluster of the MKUKUTA develops indicators related to women in senior and responsible position of civil and political decision-making positions in government and in the corporate world (women executives).

Further, the government continues to address other dimension of gender balance in subject specializations, for instance, through the Girls Science Camps at zone level to encourage girls to take science and mathematics subjects. The National Employment Policy of 2007 and the Employment Policy 2008 emphasize equal access to employment opportunities of men and women. The National Employment Creation Program and the Youth Employment Action Plan also aim at ensuring gender balance. The government continues to strengthen its capacity to implement National Policies and Plans of Action on gender equality.“[2]

Challenges yet to overcome include: inadequate gender dissagregated data, risk and vulnerability of HIV and AIDS, low participation of girls in science projects.[2]
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  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.tz.undp.org/docs/MDGprogressreport.pdf

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Case Studies

  • Division of labour on gender equality in Tanzania (The original version of this case study was used in the 2009 OECD Development Co-operation Report as an example of how more effective use of joint assistance strategies can advance development priorities).

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