Women account for 70% of family farming in Africa, but less than 20% have full access to agricultural land. While 70 to 90% of all wealth in Africa is generated through land, less than 10 per cent is owned by women. Women’s land rights tend to stay at plans and policy levels, hardly implemented. The rights to land, property, and gender equity, are human rights. “Women’s land ownership is linked to income growth, better child nutrition and higher educational attainment for girls.”
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“We are working to remove customary barriers and cultural constraints that prevent women from fully enjoying their right of access to land.”
Through this initiative Women Land Rights in Africa works to ensure gender justice in relation to land, taking all necessary measures to pursue equality, enhancing the ability of women to defend their land rights.
Through cross-national advocacy, we ensure that women take equal part in decision-making; and that control over land and the benefits off land are equal between women and men, including the right to inherit and bequeath tenure rights.
The initiative members are:
1. Building capacity and knowledge about land policy and the process of law formulation
2. Strengthening capacities of rural women in digital skills for land monitoring, women rights organizations and land governance organizations on the content, and to use the Kilimanjaro Charter of demands as an advocacy instrument
3. Advocating for public resources allocation, women’s participation in land management, and the adoption of women statuses in family farming
4. Designing a scorecard to monitor the implementation of rural women’s land rights and training civil society organizations about the Charter of Demands
5. Influencing policies, programmes and budgets of various countries to consider the Charter through specific engagements with policymakers in the above countries.
ILC Africa members and this platform launched a massive campaign engaging 290 female and 162 male leaders in Southern Africa on women’s land rights, leading to South Africa’s historic and gender sensitive “Land and Agriculture Reform.”
Action Aid, Oxfam, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Gender Group, and Transparency International Cameroon.