ABSTRACT

Gender inequality remains pervasive and persistent in many societies. The pursuit of gender equality has become one of the crucial roles of judiciary and the justice sector. Using the Judiciary of Tanzania (JoT) as a case study, I highlight the unique role of judicial training in enhancing judicial responsiveness to gender equality and unlocking the power imbalances. I discuss how gender issues and gender training in particular feature in the JoT’s policies and training programs. I also discuss the training programs conducted by the JoT through its partner agencies. I observed that the JoT, through the IJA, has tremendously revamped its training programs. Continuing legal education for judges and magistrates has received special attention as a vital component in the realization of a modernized judiciary. However, unlike TAWJA, which has conducted substantial gender-focused trainings, the IJA’s focus on gender issues has remained modest. To achieve the substantive justice envisioned in the constitution, it is recommended that the JoT and its partners should work together in institutionalizing gender-focused trainings. The major aims should be to equip the judges and magistrates with knowledge and skills on the gender dimensions of the law and how it undermines women.