GEWE Sub-Strategy

Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Program
2015 - 2020



Women and girls in Tanzania face  gender  inequalities and injustices in  social, political, and economic relations and structures that limit their agency to participate in society and claim their rights.  Patriarchal norms and traditions, coupled with gender-blind legal frameworks, perpetuate unequal power relations that create major challenges to achieving socio-economic development in Tanzania.

In this context, The Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) sub-strategy provides goals and actions to promote women’s economic empowerment, advance gender equality, and address social injustices affecting rural women in Tanzania. GEWE is a major component of CARE Tanzania’s Wezesha country office strategy, which seeks to improve the livelihoods  of women in food-insecure rural households dependent on agriculture and natural resources.

GEWE is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Women’s empowerment is both a means and solution to each of the SDGs, and a standalone goal to be achieved in every country signed up to the goals:  to  achieve  gender equality and empower all women and girls (SDG No. 5).

Likewise, global climate change campaigns advocate for gender equality and climate justice in all post-2015 agreements. Climate change aggravates endemic gender inequalities such that girls and women assume  the greatest impacts from climate shocks and stresses in their communities. GEWE programming works to increase women’s income  and economic security in order to improve rural livelihoods.

The Tanzanian government (GoT) has taken measures to mainstream gender  in  legal  and  institutional frameworks, but there remains ample need to expand these efforts. Donors, cognizant that gender inequality impedes poverty reduction, are moving towards gender- transformative programming approaches. The GEWE sub- strategy responds to these trends, serving as a platform for partnership with diverse actors and institutions to alleviate the costs of gender inequality in Tanzania.