Women challenged to do more to attain 50/50 parity

11Mar 2016
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
Women challenged to do more to attain 50/50 parity

THE Coalition for Election Monitoring and Observation in Tanzania (CEMOT) on Wednesday challenged women to do more in pushing their agenda of achieving 50/50 representation in leadership positions.

Women celebrate during rally to mark International Women's Day in Dar es Salaam

The call was made yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a forum to discuss their 2015 General Election report.

CEMOT was established by the Tanzania Election Monitoring Committee (TEMCO) and Civil Society Consortium on Election Observation (TACEO) to enhance citizens’ engagement in the observation and monitoring of the 2015 Tanzania election.

Presenting the CEMOT observers report of 2015 election, a lecturer from the University of Dar es Salaam, Dr William Walwa said the report shows very discouraging results of women participation in vying various positions in the last General Election.

Despite some challenges that hold them back, women themselves have to take decisions and implement what they have been demanding for, Dr Walwa said.

He said it will take 155 years for Tanzania to attain the 50/50 gender parity goal according to the pace that the country is moving.

“With this pace you are going with, the 50/50 goal will be just a dream, women have to increase their efforts on this,” he said

The report presented showed out of 1,250 constituencies’ contestants, only 238 were women while on the side of councilors only 679 out of 1,879 contestants were women, which is still very low.

The report also shows that the election campaigns went well with tightened security despite some few mishaps.