Coalition Presents Recommendations on Women's Participation in Political and Leadership Positions
31 July 2023
The Coalition on Women, Constitution, Election and Leadership (WCEL) conducted an engagement meeting with the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) on 27th July 2023.
The objectives of the meeting were to submit the recommendations from the Coalition regarding the participation of women in political and leadership positions, as a result of the 40% proposed recommendation by the Presidential Taskforce report.
The meeting took place in Dar-es-Salaam and was attended by 8 Technical coalition members and 6 representatives from the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.
Welcoming the representatives of the Coalition, Judge Francis Mutungi appreciated the efforts of stakeholders including the Coalition on Women's Constitution Election and Leadership for their notable contributions through its engagements in the reforms processes of various laws, and policies including the previous constitution amendment process towards achieving legal sensitive frameworks.
“These recommendations had come at the right time since the ORPP office has just announced a call for stakeholders to submit their recommendations regarding political and election law reforms”. Said Judge Mutungi
He further appreciated the dedication and strength of the senior feminist who keeps engaging tirelessly to ensure gender inclusion is at the center. He encouraged them to continue pushing more because women's voices are highly needed and also recognized through transformations observed at different levels.
Speaking on behalf of the Coalition, Prof Ruth Meena(Coalition Chair) expressed her gratitude to the ORPP for acknowledging the contributions of women's movements, particularly the coalition.
She also informed that the Coalition on Women’s Constitution Election and Leadership is a platform that brings more than 200 civil society organizations established in 2011. The coalition is supported by Women Fund Tanzania.
Presenting the recommendations, Prof Ruth explained the Coalition's position on the key issues from the recommendations by the Presidential Taskforce report including; Women's identification as a “special group”, Women's special seats, gender participation at decision-making levels not to exceed 40%, Independent candidate, The Establishment of an Independent Electoral Commission,
For detailed information on the coalition's position on the issues, read the attached document.