By The Citizen Reporter

In what is expected to be a historic development in Tanzania, Africa and much of the rest of the world, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has committed her government to “empowering” women on land issues.

As part of broader efforts to functionally and effectively defend women’s rights in the name of justice and gender equality, President Hassan made a solemn pledge to ensure that Tanzanian women have easy access to “economic rights and justice”.

All of this is in line with the agenda agreed at the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) which ended in Paris, France on July 2, as well as the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women adopted at the Fourth United Nations World Conference. on women in Beijing, China, September 15, 1995.

Indeed, the government will do everything possible to ensure that, for example, women in Tanzania would have been empowered to own land and other economically productive resources by 2026.

In a sense, then, the Paris Forum brought together representatives from around the world determined to advance gender equality by empowering women systematically.

One effective way to achieve this would be to step up the commitments to women’s development that were made at the Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995 – by doing so, among other measures, by putting in place the platforms. appropriate action.


Fortunately, Tanzania is already on the right track to implement the necessary measures in this regard.

East African Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Liberata Mulamula said last week that “the government will ensure that women can own land and other productive resources – as well as transform their economies (currently ) informal (economic activities) into formal economies. . ”

the president’s commitment

This, the minister reminded everyone, was part of a pledge made by the Tanzanian head of state to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, when the two met. are met in Dar es Salaam on May 28 this year.

During the event, President Hassan underlined her desire to “defend economic justice and the human rights of women”, in particular with regard to land ownership and the empowerment of women in the economy.

To this very noble end, Ms. Mulamula stressed that President Hassan’s government “will ensure that women own land and are elevated to the rank of formal economy … Therefore, it is important that we partner with the community. International to Empower Women ”as In fact.

Fair enough – and well done for all of that, we say to the government. Land ownership by women in many Third World countries has for too long been traditionally frowned upon in society, and most welcome change measures indeed.

The most welcome measures will also be measures aimed at burying the proverbial hatchet in issues of gender conflict, thus enabling women to also enjoy the same rights and freedoms that seem to be confined to men by tradition and others. hindrances.

Hence the need to review existing policies and regulatory frameworks as soon as possible, aligning them with the proposed improvement reforms in the area of ​​gender equality.


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