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Title:More women in the Tanzanian legislature: do numbers matter?
Author:Yoon, Mi YungISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:women parliamentarians
parliamentary procedure
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589001.2011.539011
Abstract:This study examines the changes that followed the rise in the number of female parliamentarians in the Tanzanian legislature and the contextual factors undermining the potential power of the increased number of female MPs. As found in a number of other countries, with more women in parliament, women's interests, concerns and perspective have been better incorporated into parliamentary debates and policy-making in Tanzania. However, the increase in female parliamentary representation challenges the existence of the special-seat system that helped women reach a large minority. The effectiveness of female MPs in Tanzania will improve only with a stronger legislature and a sturdier opposition. If the special-seat system is to remain, a new selection mechanism that allows direct cross-party competition among special-seat candidates should be considered to bring better qualified women into parliament. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [Journal abstract]