Improving land tenure security for women-A women first approach 2014

Co-existing customary and statutory land tenure systems are the norm across Africa.  Women’s land rights are at the nexus of these two systems; often, statutory laws provide protections to women that do  not exist in customary law.  Yet, not only  is customary law more influential in many  rural areas, but it is also gaining statutory recognition across the region. This creates a problem. While there is much  to be gained from recognizing both customary tenure regimes and women’s land rights  in statutory law, the two are not easily reconcilable. In most customary tenure regimes women’s land rights are secondary to and weaker  than those of men.  To begin to address this problem, women’s land tenure security must be understood broadly, and women must be empowered  to be agents of change for themselves, their families and their communities for improved tenure security to endure. The starting point is the belief that women’s land rights on customary land can be made more secure through an approach that starts with women. The conceptual basis for assessing women’s land tenure security, and for designing specific interventions to strengthen their land tenure security, is the Women’s Land Tenure Security Framework




Location within country:

Pader, Agago and Amuru

Contact Person:

Diana Fletschner | Sr. Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Landesa 1424 Fourth Ave., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98101


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