FCS prides itself on surpassing 50/50 women and men ratio

Leading by example, the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has fully joined the international plea in the pledge for parity, becoming one of the best performers in the Tanzania civil society sector and beyond to effectively embrace gender parity.

The FCS boasts about having exceeded by far the 50/50 women and men ratio in its entire staffing.

While marking the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga, underscored the fact that gender equality is one of the core issues that the FCS treats very seriously – calling other players within the sector to take the same yardsticks. “A quick look at our staffing indicates that we are still faring relatively well in embracing gender parity principles by going beyond the 50/50 women and men ratio. We must be proud of this milestone, which many organisations out there are still struggling to achieve,” said Mr. Kiwanga.

As for Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) and in particular those that the FCS supports do work with different ‘gendered societies,’ hence it is important their policies mainstream gender issues into their programs such that both males and females are considered equal irrespective of their orientations. Gender mainstreaming has to cut across from decision-making, leadership positions, and interactions with the community, and this is what we are all invited to pledge.

Thus, in striving to promote gender parity FCS has been providing gender mainstreaming training to CSOs, urging them integrate gender policies into their organisational operations and during implemention of projects in communities.

 

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