Local Governance Systems and Women Participation in Tanzania: The Case of Kibondo District, Kigoma
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ABSTRACT: Gender discourse is a multi-faced issue since it means different things to different people and our understanding of the term affects our discussion of it and conclusions we make out of the discussion. Discussions about gender often bring about emotional responses in both female and male participants because the discussions make us feel, think and examine our own lives through a different lens – the gender lens. This paper discusses the link between gender and local governance issues in Kibondo district. This is so since there is close link between gender relation and the form of governance and the nature of men and women, boys’ and girls’ involvement in social life and development in particular.