Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in African Universities: Setting Grounds for Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)

Hamida Juma Msofe


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have made enormous progress but the poverty has not yet been ended. The World Bank measure of poverty revealed, 1 billion people still live on less than USD 1.25 a day and more than 800,000 million do not have enough food. Women are still fighting for their rights and still dying in child labour. The sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been defined as part of a new agenda to finalize the job started by MDGS.

This paper explains, the achievement of gender equality and women empowerment in the Universities and it is contribution towards the MDGs in Tanzania; the challenges faced in the achieved gender equality and women empowerment in primary, secondary and tertiary education;  the achievement and challenges of gender equality and women empowerment in non-agricultural employment sectors; the gender equality and women empowerment in the leadership and the still existing challenges to achieve the SDGs.

This paper recommends the following measures in minimizing the aforesaid challenges:

  • Priorities girls’ education.
  • Increase budget in education.
  • Revised women’s right laws.
  • Increase per capital income to all society’s level.
  • Government’s Loan priorities to female students.
  • Proper inspection of private Universities

Keywords: women empowerment, gender equality, gender parity, women rights, MDGs, SDGs

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