Women’s right to land is necessary for community development

| July 30, 2021

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Like this edition’s story from Kenya, our Script of the Week focuses on women’s access to and ownership of land.

Food security at the national level cannot be achieved unless it is realized at the household level. Across Africa, women provide the bulk of labour on farms. But they have little say on how land is used, and this affects food production in a big way.

This script highlights the successes women have achieved in the fight for their rights to land and property in Kenya. It also recognizes the role of grassroots-led women’s organizations in community development. The efforts of these organizations are rarely highlighted. Usually, when people talk about who contributes to development, they look at what government has done and what donors are doing. But the work of grassroots women is not mentioned.

The script also addresses gender inequality in land allocation, decision-making within the extended family, the place of women and children in land disputes, and the role of local government in protecting women and children from discrimination. 

You can adapt this script to your local situation by interviewing a local expert on food security and land rights or by profiling a successful case study in your area. Please keep in mind that this script talks about the situation in Kenya. Laws and customs around women and land rights vary from one African country to another. So, before producing a program on this topic, you will need to do some local research to identify the situation in your area.

This script is based on actual interviews. You could use this script as inspiration to research and write a script on a similar topic in your area. Or you might choose to produce this script on your station, using voice actors to represent the speakers. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interviews.