K4D Helpdesk Report 333

Barriers to Women’s Economic Inclusion in Tanzania

Published on 23 May 2018

This report follows on from one mapping women’s economic exclusion in Tanzania and focuses on the barriers women face in labour force participation. The review draws on a mixture of academic and grey literature.

The main barriers to women’s economic inclusion in Tanzania are: time poverty (because women have to spend so much time on household chores); lack of education; reproductive health pressures; lack of assets and access to financial services; in the case of agriculture – lack of access to male labour and inputs such as fertiliser; in the case of entrepreneurship – a difficult legal and regulatory framework and lack of access to business development services; and cultural norms which see women’s role as carrying out household chores and caring for children.

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Idris, I. (2018) Barriers to Women’s Economic Inclusion in Tanzania, K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

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