Assessment of Gender Issues in the Construction Industry in Tanzania

  IJETT-book-cover  International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT)          
© 2018 by IJETT Journal
Volume-59 Number-4
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Kimata N. Malekela, Ruth M. Daata
DOI :  10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V59P232


Kimata N. Malekela, Ruth M. Daata"Assessment of Gender Issues in the Construction Industry in Tanzania", International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology (IJETT), V59(4),175-181 May 2018. ISSN:2231-5381. published by seventh sense research group

Gender imbalance in the construction industry is a problem in Tanzania and world at large. The Tanzania Development Vision 2025 through the Construction Industry Policy has set a goal to promote women participation in the Construction activities. The study therefore aimed at assessing the extent of achievement of Construction Industry Policy directions through set strategies addressing gender issues in Tanzania construction industry, and determining the challenges hindering achievement of the Construction Industry Policy directions to attain the goal on women participation by 2025. The study was conducted through questionnaire survey administered on 40 main actors for promoting women participation in the construction industry in Tanzania. The primary data were mainly analyzed using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) Version 20.0. The study found that gender issues have been poorly achieved to an extent below 50% for the 15 years now since the policy establishment in 2003. Top three challenges hindering achievement of the policy directions to attain the goal on women participation by 2025 through set strategies are recruitment practices based on women discrimination, limited career knowledge, and culture and environment. It is therefore recommended that a council should be formed to strictly deal with women matters within the construction industry at regional level. Also, women professionals themselves should form a union as a coordination unit at regional levels where they can meet and discuss their matters.

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Gender Issues, Construction Industry Policy, Policy directions, Women Participation, Strategies, Tanzania Development Vision 2025, Construction Industry.