- Background/Context for required services/results
UN Women (UNW), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Building on lessons learned and best practices from the implementation of Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project, (WLPP) Wanawake Wanaweza Phase I (2014-2016) UN Women is now implementing the second phase of the project, Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project, (WLPP) Wanawake Wanaweza Phase II (2018-2021). The Project is in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) II outcome “Women and girls increasingly participate in political and public life and are elected to leadership position”, the UN Women Tanzania, Country Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021; the UN Women Flagship Programme Initiative: Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership, as well as, national gender policy, the SDGs (in particular, Goal 5 ‘Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls’), CEDAW, and other international and regional commitments. UN Women Tanzania’s approach to promote women’s leadership and political empowerment through WLPP II adheres to an election cycle approach within a broader democratic agenda, allowing for better identification of needs and advanced planning.
Women’s political under-representation is due to the combined effect of institutional and structural constraints, as well as cultural and attitudinal barriers that suggest women should not have a role in public life. Limited endowments of women and girls (in terms of health, education
 The UNDAP II refers to the United Nations Joint Development Assistance Programme to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for the period of 2016 to 2021.
 UN Women has developed a series of flagship programmes globally to deepen its efforts and achieve transformative results. These high-impact, scalable initiatives build on and supplement UN Women’s ongoing programming work. Using a human-rights-based approach focused on strengthening the voice of women and girls, they seek to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Each programme is guided by international human rights treaties and contributes to achieving UN Women’s Strategic Plan.