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Uganda Drive To Certify Customary Land Runs Into Culture Clash

Uganda Drive To Certify Customary Land Runs Into Culture Clash

When the residents of a northern Ugandan village heard about a plan to document their land, they worried it was going to be stolen. But after photographing the land in Owele and taking coordinates, government officials gave people there something they never had before: pieces of paper proving the land they lived on was theirs. […]

Thirty Years On, Women-Only Village Inspires Land Equality In Rural Kenya

Thirty Years On, Women-Only Village Inspires Land Equality In Rural Kenya

When Jane Nolmongen’s husband banished her from their family home in northern Kenya after discovering she had been raped by a British soldier, she went somewhere she knew she would be safe: a village entirely run by women, where men are not allowed. For the past 30 years, Nolmongen has lived in Umoja village in […]

Botswana Opts To Make Land Owners of Wives With New Law

Botswana Opts To Make Land Owners of Wives With New Law

A wife in Botswana can now own land alongside her husband, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Thursday in a boost for women that rights groups called long overdue. Prior to his amendment, the 2015 Land Policy stopped wives from owning land if their husbands already had some. “This amendment will allow women to be independent […]

India’s Poor Risk Loss Of Privacy, Land In Drive To Digitise Records

India’s Poor Risk Loss Of Privacy, Land In Drive To Digitise Records

A push to digitise land records in India to establish ownership and minimise conflicts has raised concerns over privacy for poorer communities and could make them more vulnerable to evictions, legal and technology experts said on Monday. India’s national land record modernisation programme seeks to re-survey lands, verify and upgrade records, and put the information […]

Closing The Gap On Women’s Land Rights

Closing The Gap On Women’s Land Rights

Women around the world are saying “enough” to discrimination and standing up for gender equality, from the Women’s March in cities around the world to the #MeToo Movement. Another movement is swelling across the Global South, where women are demanding equal rights to their land and natural resources. At the 2016 Kilimanjaro Initiative, for example, […]

Women Should Be Empowered Beyond Owing Lands

Women Should Be Empowered Beyond Owing Lands

In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is that increasing women’s […]

There’s No Land Rights Without Women

There’s No Land Rights Without Women

Successful farming is a question of amassing and applying knowledge, adapting your approach to the ecological systems that confront you, and persevering in the face of new obstacles. For women farmers in Ghana and elsewhere in many other parts of Africa, this reality is mirrored in their struggle to secure their rights to the land […]

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

 With tumultuous colonial occupation, civil war and genocide that led to the death of an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis in 1994, Rwandans historically endured massive displacements and human rights abuse. Thus, in the 21st century, the rectification of Rwanda’s previously untenable land governance system has become a major priority. Between 2004 and 2014, with […]

Malawi: African Women Scale Heights In Land Rights Protest

Malawi: African Women Scale Heights In Land Rights Protest

Rojaina and her children used to live in a brick house in a small village in rural Malawi. After a coal mine started operating nearby, she was told to leave her house as the land was needed for mining. Rojaina and her children were given little money to build a new home and she received […]

Paraguayans Lose Faith In Justice System That Values Land Over Law

Paraguayans Lose Faith In Justice System That Values Land Over Law

Mariano Castro strikes up a chant on the steps of Asunción’s courthouse: “Dictatorship, never again!” It’s 11 July and a controversial trial in the Paraguayan capital has just come to an end. The court ruled that three of his sons participated in a deadly ambush that killed six police officers. Two received lengthy jail terms. […]

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