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Mainstreaming gender in Tanzania’s local land governance

Nasieku Kisambu

Book/Report, 20 pages

Despite progressive provisions on gender equality in Tanzania’s land laws, women have little representation in land allocation decisions, including meetings of village councils and village assemblies. Mainstreaming gender in local regulations can help to address this problem.

The Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team (LEAT), developed model by-laws to improve women’s participation in local-level decision-making on village land management. This initiative took place in Kidugalo and Vilabwa, two villages in the Kisarawe district. The model by-laws were developed through a bottom-up, participatory process, and include explicit provisions to promote meaningful participation by women in village-level decision making.

This report outlines the processes followed to develop the by-laws, the results so far, lessons learned and prospects for scaling up.

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Kisambu, N. (2016) Mainstreaming gender in Tanzania’s local land governance. IIED, London.

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As commercial pressures on land increase in East and West Africa, there is a need for evidence and action on gender-equitable land governance.

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