UNFP calls for inclusive census data results
Dar es Salaam. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called on the government to provide inclusive census data results, identify gaps and enable different stakeholders to focus on closing the gaps for economic development.
According to the Deputy Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Mr. Wilfred Ochan said that in order to develop the economy and achieve gender equality, they expect to see census statistics that provide data universal population data and information on the demographic and social characteristics of the population.
Issues such as age, gender, place of usual residence, education and training, employment and occupation, economic status, disability, migration and household structure.
“Census data is an important data resource on gender issues and collecting crucial information from those left behind. As such, they are an essential source of information for a variety of policy and development purposes,” he said.
He said: “So far UNFPA has paid approximately $2.2 million (5 billion shillings) to the government for the census, we will continue to work closely and support the government to ensure that we both celebrate the census results because everyone matters. The total government budget for the census is $272,275, we have contributed $2.2 million, which means that 30% of this amount is still needed to meet the government budget. Stakeholders must join hands, support the government to help everyone participate in the census, including people with disabilities. »
According to him, the gender-sensitive analysis of censuses can therefore contribute to making the national statistical base more relevant and complete, and improve decision-making for planning and development programs.
“In 2009, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, over three million women and men in Tanzania, approximately 9% of the population, have a disability. People with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups in society. Yet the paucity of relevant, reliable and properly analyzed data on those furthest behind (persons with disabilities, women and other special groups) is a challenge facing most development planners and policy makers,” he said. -he declares.
Ms. Enrica Hofer, Gender Equality Project Officer at UNFPA, said that Tanzania is a low-middle-income country, that it has grown very rapidly, but that does not mean that everyone benefits from the fruits of development, as some are in remote areas where they cannot be reached.
Explaining, she said, the country is committed to increasing women’s economic empowerment by transforming care economy action through legislation, policy, data, accountability and financing, to develop decent work and employment in the formal and informal economies with equality between generations. But there is no comprehensive data on these areas, the best way is to come up with census statistics that classify all groups of women and everyone in the country.
Ms. Enrica noted that institutions are strong enough to support the formulation of gender-based violence laws and policies that still have gaps…