UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women Tanzania is implementing its Strategic Note (2017-2021), under which one of the priority areas is women’s leadership and political participation. The Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project (Wanawake Wanaweza) Phase II (2017-2021) builds on Phase I (2014 – 2017), and continues to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as per UN Women’s global mandate and supports the Government of Tanzania as a Member State to the United Nations to implement international standards, providing suitable technical and financial assistance. The second phase of the project aims at achieving the overarching goal/impact “Women lead and participate in decision-making at all levels” building on the momentum created and gains made from the first phase. The project is in line with the UNDAP II outcome “Women and girls increasingly participate in political and public life and are elected to leadership positions”, the UN Women Tanzania, Country Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021; the UN Women Global Flagship Programme Initiative on Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership, as well as, national gender policy, the SDGs (in particular, Global Goal 5 dedicated to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’, CEDAW and other international and regional commitments, such as the African Union Agenda 2063.
The projects operates on three main areas to effect change and progress in relation to increasing women’s leadership and political empowerment. Firstly, the policy and institution level (policies, laws, standards, norms and practices) to ensure these promote and regulate the increase in women’s leadership at all levels. Secondly, at the individual level, to strengthen capacities of women to conduct competitive, well-resourced and innovative campaigns. Thirdly, at the community level, where norms, attitudes and practices often undermine women’s rights and gender equality, efforts will work towards reverting these to promote women as accepted, legitimate political leaders. Reporting to the Communications Analyst on Women’ Leadership and Political Participation, the Communications Interns will provide support to the WLPP Programme and UN Women Country Office on the Communications function, specifically in the areas of media relations, media monitoring and reporting, and programme documentation.