MCDGC Publication

Tanzania Human Rights Report 2008: Progress through Human Rights

The core international instrument on women‟s rights is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979.1 which requires governments to ensure that women are not discriminated against in any sphere of life, whether public or private.2 The prohibition against discrimination on the basis of gender is contained in a number of other international and regional instruments to which Tanzania is a signatory, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966, the African Charter on Human and Peoples‟ Rights, 1981 and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples‟ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, 2000.3 In 2008, SADC also adopted the Gender and Development Protocol.4