Key Findings on Gender - 2010 TDHS

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential to the health of nations, as well as social and economic development. The promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, which underscores the

importance of women’s empowerment as essential to international development efforts. Lasting progress cannot be made in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and nations while gender inequality exists in society.

Comparing women and men on several key indicators—like educational attainment, and literacy—allows for assessment of gender equality in Tanzania. Examining women’s earnings, fertility, and participation in decisionmaking provides a picture of the extent of women’s

empowerment. Finally, considering data on domestic violence helps to asses women’s status throughout Tanzania.

In Tanzania, women are disadvantaged compared to men in terms of both education and earnings, factors that greatly influence the health of women and children. Age at first marriage for women is much lower than for men, which limits women’s educational and earning potential, married women have less control over their own lives than married men do.

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