Uganda: Women’s right to land and property still a myth

| March 2, 2015

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In many parts of Uganda, a woman’s right to land and property is still denied. Existing laws give women fewer and less secure rights than men, while discriminatory attitudes and practices are still common.

Joyce Rosemary Nangobi is the founder of the Slum Women’s Initiative for Development. She says: “Control of land is essential for women to live with dignity. Having … land title certificates not only protect [women] against relatives [who want to] grab their land, but also enables them to … access credit.”

Herbert Ouedraogo is a senior land expert at the Land Policy Initiative. He says: “Uganda and the rest of Africa cannot afford to exclude half of its rural producers from access to [land] … it is not only undemocratic but also anti-economic.”

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