City Council Representatives Trained on SDGs, Human Rights and Gender Equality
This training workshop marks the second phase of the Right(s) Way Forward (RWF) Project conducted in Mkoani District, Pemba. The workshop was officiated by the Director of the Mkoani City Council, Mr. Rashid Abdallah Rashid and included members of the Mkoani City Council, representatives from the media and the private sector.
The main objective of the workshop was to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Human Rights and Gender Equality, but it also looked at the linkages between SDGs and Zanzibar’s own national plans for development: the Zanzibar Development Vision (2000-2020) and Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (2016-2020).
The overarching plan for development on Zanzibar (Zanzibar Development Vision 2000-2020) envisions the region to reach middle-income status by 2020 and it is currently being implemented through the Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (2016-2020).
Additionally, the training introduced the concept of gender equality and included in-depth discussions about the differences between gender and sex and gender-based violence (GBV). The following group work session revealed circumstances in which human rights violations and gender-based violence have occurred in Pemba due to patrilineal systems.
In order to battle these concerns, the workshop identified a need for more awareness raising activities on human rights and gender equality in all levels of society and stricter supervision of human rights policies, including better monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
UNA Tanzania sealed the workshop training by elaborating more on the importance of using awareness raising as a tool to achieve the SDGs on Zanzibar as well as globally. UNA Tanzania also insisted the participants to share their knowledge with other stakeholders for further implementation.
As a way forward, the participants were determined to train community leaders (both religious and political) on human rights and gender equality, involve communities in the planning and implementation processes of Zanzibar’s development strategies, as well as target rural areas for raising awareness on sustainable development.