SIGI Country Report for Tanzania

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The SIGI Country Report for Tanzania provides a new evidence base to improve the rights and well-being of women and girls in Tanzania and promote gender equality through the elimination of discrimination in social institutions. It builds on the newly collected data – both quantitative and qualitative – on social norms and practices through a rigorous methodology and participatory approach involving a wide range of national and international stakeholders. The report analyses how discriminatory social norms and practices continue to constrain women’s empowerment and restrict their access to opportunities and rights, notably across three key dimensions: their economic situation, their place within the household and their physical integrity and agency over their own body. In the framework of Tanzania’s commitment towards realising Sustainable Development Goal 5 on the promotion of gender equality, the report provides policy recommendations that aim to address gender-based discriminations, transform social norms, promote women’s empowerment and build a truly inclusive society.


Assessment and recommendations

The SIGI Tanzania shows that women and girls in Tanzania face high levels of discrimination in social institutions – the established set of formal and/or informal norms and practices that govern behaviour in society. SIGI Tanzania’s average score is 35. SIGI scores range from 0 to 100, with 0 indicating no discrimination and 100 indicating absolute discrimination. Furthermore, results show that discrimination in social institutions is higher in Zanzibar, with a score of 44 than in Mainland Tanzania, which has a score of 35. Similarly, women and girls encounter higher levels of discrimination in social institutions in rural areas (38) than in urban ones (32). Across Tanzania’s 31 regions, there are large variations in levels of discrimination among social institutions (). This variation reflects the persistence of certain discriminatory social norms and practices in certain areas of the country, an understanding of which should guide the design and implementation of policies to promote women’s and girls’ empowerment in different regions.



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