MCDGC Publication

Achieving Gender Parity in Political Participation in Tanzania

This article looks at the key challenges of achieving gender parity in Tanzania and considers whether the quota system can be an opportunity for achieving parity. The discussion draws heavily on TGNP’s engagement in local and general election processes since 1995, and, more specifically on a recent election feedback session held with women who contested at ward and constituency level from Dar-es-Salaam and Pwani regions in the 2010 general election. The first part will provide an introduction of what TGNP does in line with women’s political participation with some key achievements so far. This will be followed by a discussion on some key challenges towards achieving gender parity in Tanzania and on whether the quota system serves as an opportunity. The last part serves as a conclusion with some recommendations on the way forward.