UNESCO celebrates Tanzanian women in the creative sector

UNESCO, British Council and Make it Matter organized an event to celebrate the contribution of women in the creative sector which was held on 15 April 2021 on World Art Day. The event was a valuable occasion for over 70 creatives and cultural professionals to come together in the spirit of furthering the Tanzania’s cultural and creative industries. “The creative sector have high potential to foster inclusive and sustainable development.” said Honorable Innocent Bashungwa, Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports.
The British Council is committed to continuing work with our partners to support the creative economy in Tanzania, and to ensure we are providing a platform for the variety of voices which form its heart – especially women, young people and people with disabilities. We are also committed to supporting the creative sector around the world to unlock its strong economic potential in contributing to sustainable development
Ms. Catherine Sinclair-Jones, British Council Director

The panel discussion on how women as a collective play a catalytic role in transforming the creative sector shed a light on some of the achievements and challenges faced by women leading creative economy initiatives. Some of the challenges women in the creative sector encounter include, lack of business management skills necessary to run their enterprises sustainably; not adequate role models; lack of parental support compared to male counterparts; income and tax conditions; and transition to digital technology. UNESCO’s 2005 Convention for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions has recently published an Open roadmap with guidelines for supporting artists’ transition to the digital environment.

UNESCO is committed to amplify culture’s contribution to the global creative economy and sustainable development throughout 2021 and beyond. Our advocacy and activities in advancing creative economy are founded on equitable digital transformation and remuneration; economic and social rights of artists and cultural professionals; and inter-agency partnerships and participatory projects
Nancy mwaisaka, UNESCO National Professional Officer for Culture

There is an urgent need to address issues of social protection, market access and exposure for artists and their works locally and globally. Professionalizing the status of artists and defining their working conditions is essential to reaffirm freedom of artistic expression. UNESCO highlighted the need for promoting gender equality in the culture and creative sector. On the International Women’s Day this year, UNESCO published special edition report on the state of gender equality in the cultural and creative sectors, in order to highlight the consequences of gender inequalities for the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

Let us join hands in empowering women in the creative sector. Arts and Culture Development Trust Fund has been established in order to fully support artists and build their capacity so they can grow the creative economy for the country. The government is ready to work in partnership with all development partners in ensuring positive transformation in the cultural and creative industries
Hon. Innocent Bashungwa, Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports

World Art Day promotes the development, diffusion and enjoyment of art. It is also an occasion to shine a light on arts education in schools, as culture can pave the way for inclusive and equitable education. UNESCO is committed to support environments where artists and artistic freedom are promoted and protected.

The year 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development at the 74th United Nations General Assembly and The African Union declared the Year 2021 as “The AU Year of the Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”. For a truly inclusive and prosperous creative economy to take shape, we must step up our efforts to promote gender equality in this sector.