The Engagement of Women in Leadership in Tanzania's Wildlife Sector
Women play a critical role in natural resource management around the world, yet they are largely excluded from leadership and strategic decision-making processes about landscape and wildlife governance.
In Tanzania, despite the growing interest of women in pursuing conservation careers and joining the wildlife sector, their inclusion at managerial levels has historically been limited. Furthermore, critical analysis of the factors influencing the participation of women in wildlife governance and leadership in Tanzania is lacking, thus reducing the effectiveness of policies and practices intended to mitigate gender imbalance.
African People & Wildlife brought together researchers from The Open University of Tanzania, the College of African Wildlife Management, and the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to examine the engagement of women in wildlife governance in Tanzania. This research sought to fill the existing knowledge gaps in the status, trends, and factors influencing women’s inclusion in wildlife management and leadership, and to inspire conservation institutions to give adequate attention to gender balance as a way of improving effective management of wildlife and wildlands.
Dr. Harrieth G. Mtae, Principal Researcher, Department of Economics and Community Economic Development, The Open University of Tanzania
Dr. Kezia H. Mkwizu, Researcher, Directorate of Research, Publications, and Innovations (Post doc), The Open University of Tanzania
Prof. Jafari R. Kideghesho, Researcher, The College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka
Dr. Maurus Msuha, Researcher, Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism