CSOs challenged to bring to life gender issues into realities

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been advised to bring to life gender issues into their organisational systems, starting from designing to implementation of development projects.

Speaking in mid February at a session organized by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Dar es Salaam in preparation for the drafting of CSOs gender policies, Ms. Gemma Akilimali, who is a gender expert put the blame on organisations that have been conducting their activities devoid of taking consideration of diverse gender groups.

She said, since organisations are working with different ‘gendered societies’ then it is important their policies and programs mainstream gender issues in programs such that both males and females are considered equal irrespective of their orientations. She pointed out that gender mainstreaming should cut across in decision-making, leadership positions, and other sensitive roles within the society.

One of the session participants, Ms. Felister Shija from Umoja wa Vikundi vya Vijana vya Uelimishaji Rika in Magu district, Mwanza region (UVVUMA) said, many CSOs are dominated by men. “Where I come from our management team is comprised of 6 males while the remaining 2 are females. This is a proof that women are not faring well in leadership positions, and if they happen to find their way it is only a handful of them that are considered.”

Ms. Felister acknowledged that UVVUMA did not have in place the gender policy something that had an adverse effect to their organisational operation, as well as when it comes to implementation of projects to the community.

She thus vowed: “with this training we are going to prepare our gender policy that will comply with acceptable standards so as to reduce the gender gaps and ultimately promote gender equality in our community and in our organisation.

However, Mr. Musa Hamza from Umoja wa Wawezeshaji KIOO in Kigoma said, “many CSOs stakeholders don’t have knowledge on gender issues thus impeding the whole aspects of gender mainstreaming”.


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