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Mainstreaming Gender in Tanzania’s Local Land Governance

By: Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Nasieku Kisambu

Despite progressive provisions on gender equality in Tanzania’s land laws, women have little representation in land allocation decisions, including meetings of village councils and village assemblies. Mainstreaming gender in local regulations can help to address this problem.The Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team (LEAT), developed model by-laws to improve women’s participation in local-level decision making on village land management.

This report outlines the processes followed to develop the by-laws, the results so far, lessons learned and prospects for scaling up.