Dubbed: “Community Legal Empowerment”, the two-year project which is funded by Legal Services Facility Tanzania (LSF), focuses on training members of trade unions, employers’ associations and labor officials in all districts of Dar es Salaam Region.
In her opening remarks during the launch of the project in Dar es Salaam yesterday, WLAC executive director Theodosia Muhulo said that the programme also aims to capacitate trade unions with more skills and knowledge to enable them strengthen their role of fighting grounds of discrimination in work places.
“Our aim is to strengthen the understanding of trade unions in labour issues premised on principles of equality specifically in the areas of employment standards and collective bargaining of wages as well as prevention of youth and women rights,” she said.
According to her, since 1989, WLAC has been at the forefront of the fight for the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Tanzania, accomplishing its successes through four units: legal aid, advocacy and networking, paralegal training and outreach, and publication and documentation.
For her part, project coordinator Consolata Chikoti, said the project has been launched by bringing together stakeholders from various trade unions, employers’ associations and government officials to educate and remind them on various labour laws and rights.
“The training will take through the new labour laws regulations issued in 2017, nuts and bolts on the standard rules and guidelines operating at the workplace and changes that are affecting the labour laws in the era of globalization,” she said.
Chikoti added that the project also aims to increase awareness on labor rights to women and youth working in formal and informal sectors so as to reduce the gender gap in employment and wages.
“Poor people in general and women in particular lack information about their rights and about access to mechanisms to enforce them, so with the implementation of this project more women will be reached with training and educational programmes to support them understand their rights,” she said.
According to her, reports show that in Tanzania there is dominance of men among well paid employees in the formal sector, men cover 66 percent and women cover 34 per cent. Legal gender provision are not effective in the dominating informal economy where women are employed in low paying and hazardous jobs, being bullied and experience threats and sexual harassment.