National Bureau of Statistics in Tanzania’s May newsletter demonstrates the important of Prindex data in assessing women’s perceptions of tenure security.
“Women Must Play Active Role in Land Occupancy, and Property Ownership, Says Statistician General
Women have been urged not to fear owning property; instead they should continue building confidence by owning more land and habitats for their economic development.
The Statistician General, Dr. Albina Chuwa, told national dissemination meeting during the official launch of the 2018 Tanzania Baseline Survey Report on Assessment of Land Rights and Tenure Security for accommodating the global goal 1.4.2 those women have shown significant confidence in property ownership which is something to be proud of.
“When you look at statistics, the difference in the perception on tenure security across gender, more women than men show land ownership confidence and that is a positive development in our national endeavour to build– gender equal society,” she said.
According to the survey results, 69 percent of men interviewed believed that their tenure were secure against 64 percent of women.
Dr. Chuwa said that Prindex results were promising hence Tanzanians must have positive view on the implementation of SDG indicator 1.4.2.
The NBS boss expressed her appreciation to various stakeholders who made the survey a success and called for further collaboration in implementing other statistical activities.
“This report is a product of collective efforts from a number of individuals and stakeholders with valuable inputs and that is why today we are told we are the first country to produce our own report on land rights and tenure security,” she said.
Dr. Chuwa noted that Tanzania, being the first country to produce its own country-led Prindex report, demonstrates government’s determination and
commitment to improve and strengthen property rights and tenure security in the country.
“It is a good thing that people from other countries will learn from our experience and that makes us proud of our efforts,” she noted.
The Statistician General said more studies were needed to explore the underlining issues of rights on land and tenure security in Tanzania; therefore, she renewed her call to research institutions and individual researchers to put this subject in their list of priority areas of research.
“We need to put special efforts to study and explore more on property rights and tenure security because with adequate information we can help our people,” she asserted.