Country / Region profile of: Tanzania

While Tanzania does not have a recent history of conflict, it has borne the brunt of instability in the region. The country hosts thousands of refugees from the Great Lakes region. Women's rights are constitutionally guaranteed but not uniformly protected in Tanzania. Traditional and Islamic customs frequently discriminate against women in family law, especially in rural areas and Zanzibar. Tanzania is ranked 68 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017. Tanzania acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985. In 2017, $593 million was spent by Tanzania on its military. The Tanzanian NAP promotes and supports financing for the implementation of national and local plans to end violence against women and children and will further focus on women’s representation, in particular gender equality in all key decision-making positions. Women activists in Tanzania work in their country and across the whole continent to address issues of conflict prevention and resolution, arms proliferation, while also ensuring respect for women's human rights and development.

"We need a new constitution that will give women the right and access to ownership of land and benefit from the natural resources that the country is endowed with." - Ananilea Nkya


$ 593,000,000
Military expenditure
Tanzania spends USD$593,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Providing primary education
This amount could provide more than 3,000,000 Tanzanian girls with quality primary education
NAP 1325
Tanzania (United Republic of) does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments