UN SDG Number 5 calls for Gender Balance worldwide

DAR ES SALAAM – Rights campaigners in TANZANIA have commended the country for leading others in the EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY, EAC, in the global program to boost the rights of women.

Their sentiments come after a report by the INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION, IPU, saying TANZANIA, also a member of SADC, now has a good number of women leading different sectors.

Records show the IPU is a global inter-parliamentary institution set up in 1889 by FREDERIC PASSY of FRANCE and WILLIAM RANDAL CREMER of the UNITED KINGDOM, as the FIRST permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations.

It was initially for individual parliamentarians, but has now become a world grouping of the lawmakers from sovereign nations.

Parliaments of 178 countries are members of the IPU, which has permanent observer status at the UN General Assembly, while 12 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.

The TANZANIA GENDER NETWORK PROGRAM, TGNP MTANDAO says the country is yet to attain the desired 50-50 ratio, but it is happy the number of leading women is convincing.

TGNP MTANDAO Executive Director LILIAN LIUNDI has made the comments when she addressed the Women Leadership Summit 2018.

She says TANZANIA ranks number 25 worldwide, with women forming 36-POINT-NINE percent of parliamentarians, compared to neighbouring RWANDA, which tops the list with 61-POINT-THREE percent.

Nevertheless, Ms LIUNDI has expressed dismay that political groups still lack trust for women as none of the registered parties has a female chairperson, yet the country ratified the international and regional protocols.

She says TANZANIA is signatory to conventions including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the SADC Gender and Development Protocol.

Number FIVE of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals calls for Gender Equality, demanding an end to all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

Countries should abolish all violence against women and girls in public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual, and other types of exploitation; as well as practices like child, early, and forced marriages, including female genital mutilation.

SDG Number FIVE also recognizes and values unpaid care and domestic work, and it calls for the delivery of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies, as well as promotion of shared duties within the household and the family.

It says countries should ensure women take part fully and effectively, with equal chances for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.

The Goal further demands total access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, reforms women rights to economic resources, access to ownership and control of land and other property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, under national laws.

Governments need to enhance use of mainly information and communications technology to promote women empowerment, while they adopt and strengthen policies that promote gender equality and empower all women and girls at all levels.

The TANZANIAN GENDER NETWORK PROGRAM Executive Director says AFRICA is losing 105-MILLION US dollars every year by failing to engage women in economic activities./Sabanews/cam

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