From large land acquisitions that displace communities without due compensation, to the encroachment of mining on indigenous lands, to the brunt of climate change and natural disasters, to everyday land and property deprivation by kin or state, women are typically more harshly impacted by land tenure insecurity due to discriminatory laws and lingering social bias.
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KAMPALA – Rural women farmers have asked government to create more awareness about land registration processes and land rights Issues in order to save many from land grabbers.
The farmers, who met at Hotel Africana in Kampala on February 8 during the Women in Agriculture conference, told State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza that majority of the rural women are still ignorant about land rights and Registration.
They say this has paved way for their rights on land to be violated by their spouses and land grabbers.
A court ruling asserting that married women qualify to inherit properties of their fathers and should not be excluded during distribution has stirred debate between defenders of women’s and men’s rights.
The ruling was made by the Environment and Land Court in Nyeri, and stopped a woman from disinheriting her step-daughters. Justice Lucy Waithaka held that married daughters are also entitled to inherit their father’s estate, contrary to customary law and many traditions in the country.
Just inland from the coast of Half Moon Bay, green, rolling hills extend in every direction. There are aces of tall grass dedicated to cattle, lamb, pigs, horses and chickens where they can graze and move about freely.
In her green overalls, tan cowgirl hat and brown cowgirl boots, Doniga Markegard really looks the part of a farm girl. With her dog, Skuya, and two of her daughters, Quill and Quince, Markegard hops into her utility van and drives out across the hills to give the cattle their hay.