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Community parliaments crucial in addressing socio-economic challenges

By Guardian Special Correspondent The ability of the citizens of Tanzania to determine their own future and to govern themselves and address some of the critical challenges in their respective areas is commendable. The Father of the Nation and the First President of Tanzania Mwl Julius Kambarage Nyerere in early years of independence had a…

Budget reflects rights of women, disadvantaged

By ALPHA NUHU On June 14, Tanzanians from all walks of life – particularly women and the marginalized sections of the society — paid great attention to the government’s 2018/19 budget speech as it was being presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Dr Philip Mpango. People were eager to hear whether the 32.5 trn/- budget…

Using a gender lens to reflect this year’s budget

By Happiness Maruchu It has almost been a custom after the tabling of the national budget to the parliament by the Minister of Finance and Planning, voices of reflection from a wide array of stakeholders are echoed through various mediums. Whether the time is strategic for such or not remains debatable nonetheless it is imperative…

Citizen Accountability course to strengthen global sustainable development.

By Davice Collins.   Today, the Gender Training Institute in Tanzania (GTI) together with TGNP Mtandao (TGNP) junctures 25 international scholars representing Civil Society Organizations from different countries, including: Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe for a 10 day training on Citizen Led Accountability (CLA). The initiative is…

How Tax exemption for sanitary pads twisted smiles during the 2018 KIJIWE CHA KAHAWA.

By Davice Collins It is three years now, since TGNP Mtandao established a strategic budget engagement space for CSO’s, Development Partners and the Community members to gather on a Live National Budget hearing called the KIJIWE CHA KAHAWA. From this forum issues around the national budget were assessed and recommended for further advocacy to ensure…

Let’s talk Menstruation. Breaking the silence,

BY Hellen Nachilongo @musanachi60 Growing up in a modern community, a girl’s every milestone was celebrated including her first menstruation. The norm was to sit down with our parents talking various issues about reproductive and sexual health that included menstrual cycles, hygiene and importantly self-respect and dignity. And we were raised with the concept that…

Menstrual Hygiene Management still a hidden cry to girls in public schools

For 25 years TGNP Mtandao has been advocating for gender equality and social justice in every social economic aspect, that connects to equal rights, treatment and opportunities. This includes accessibility to social services such as water, health, education and agriculture. To complement that, in 2015, Tanzania’s new government took a crucial step to advance the…

Odd experiences for primary schools with no female teachers

By Sauli Giliard BEFORE standard seven results were out in 2016, Chohero Primary School located at Chohero Village in Ikeo ward, Mvomero District of Morogoro Region, had only two male teachers who were teaching 520 pupils. Subsequently, Chohero was ranked among 10 worst performing primary schools not only at district level, but also at the…

Women can play vital role in industrial agenda

WOMEN in Tanzania can play a fundamental role in pushing and realizing the industrial economy, the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) has said. TGNP Executive Director Ms Lilian Liundi said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that women plays central role in the family and society and thus their active participation in the industrial agenda could…

Makinda: Women must work together for common cause

By Devotha John @Devothajohn djohn@tz.nationmedia.tz Dar es Salaam. Women politicians have been advised to put aside their ideological differences and tackle challenges facing them together. The call was made on Friday, March 23, by former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Anne Makinda during a workshop organised by (TGNP-Mtandao) for local government women leaders from…

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