The Finnish Embassy in Tanzania signed an agreement yesterday with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, contributing 3,9 million euros for the promotion of women in leadership and political participation in Tanzania. The agreement launches the second phase of the WanawakeWanaweza Project, which will be implemented by UN Women and both government and civil society partners in Tanzania from 2018 till 2022.
The agreement was officially signed yesterday by the Ambassador of Finland to Tanzania, H.E. Mr.Pekka Hukka, and the UN Women Country Representative (OIC) Ms. Hodan Addou; in the presence of government officials, development partners, implementing partners and media.
Aiming to achieve greater participation of women and girls in leadership positions; Finland’s contribution to the project will support in the creation of an enabling environment, eliminating social barriers, supporting institutional change and building the capacities of potential women leaders.
Highlighting Finland’s commitment to the promotion of gender equality in Tanzania, Ambassador Hukka stated the importance of empowering more women and girls: “Our main objective is to ensure that more women and girls have greater political agency. Evidence shows this will result in more gender-responsive, inclusive and sustainable policies and resource allocation. Finland will continue to support UN Women and the Government of Tanzania in the promotion of women’s leadership and political participation for the realization of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.”
Speaking at the launch of the Phase II of the Wanawake Wanaweza project, Ms. Addou reiterated the unique comparative advantage of working with UN Women for the promotion of gender equality in leadership and political participation. “UN Women supports the Government of Tanzania’s commitment that more women fullyparticipate, lead and engage in political institutions and processes. This includes support forpolitical decision-making bodies, including parliaments, local governments and political parties,and electoral management bodies to be inclusive, gender-balanced and gender-sensitive; itsupports women’s networks and addresses stereotypes that work against women’s leadership,including through the engagement of men; and it supports young women and women withdisabilities to reach decision-making positions.
"UN Women is very grateful to the Embassy of Finland for supporting the programme which will help the country to meet international, regional and national commitments, in particular gender equality goals in the Sustainable Development Goals and UN General Assembly resolution on women and political participation”, Ms. Addou continued.
The project covers 180 Districts in 36 Regions in the United Republic of Tanzania; for identification of women political aspirants and candidates for training; awareness-raising of local communities and media advocacy for increasing women’s leadership and political participation at the national and local level.