Tanzania: Towards General Elections – Women Should Stand Up to Be Counted

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By Alpha Nunu originally posted on DailyNews


THIRTY-FIVE-year old Dumangi Mhando, a first degree holder from the University of Dar es Salaam, dreams of becoming a Member of Parliament this year.

But she says her dream will never come true because she is first, a woman and second, poor.

She says she has searched for someone to connect her with women already in politics who could help mentor her, but her efforts have been in vain.

“Educated women holding prestigious positions in government and international organisations don’t want to help those below them,” the secondary school teacher says.

“In a country where money is becoming the governing factor in elections, poor women won’t go up the political ladder,” she adds. So every day Dumangi leaves her home at Ibuti, a famed sweet potato-farming village along the Morogoro- Dodoma highway, to Kibedya Secondary School where she teaches History and Geography.


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