Looking at Women Rights to Land in Africa: A Feminist Perspective?

African Politics and Policies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2016

8 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2016

Date Written: January 26, 2016

Abstract

This review paper advocate for women rights to land because land is central for effective implementation of rural development and land reform initiatives. This is critical because women constitute the majority of people in rural areas and represent the highest number of people working on the land mainly for subsistence purposes. However, the rights of women to access and own land in most African countries is still not proportional to what men enjoy. Customary laws and cultural practices are used to systematically deny women rights to access and own land. Eliminating discrimination in land is essential in order to redress the impoverishment of millions of women in the African continent. This review paper therefore advocate for equal rights in the allocation of land. It also provides insights and discussion on gender-based land allocation.

Keywords: women, land, customary law, culture, rights, Africa

Suggested Citation

Makhado, Rudzani and Pelizzo, Riccardo, Looking at Women Rights to Land in Africa: A Feminist Perspective? (January 26, 2016). African Politics and Policies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2722545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2722545

Rudzani Makhado (Contact Author)

Limpopo Legislature ( email )

P/Bag x9309
Polokwane, Limpopo 0700
South Africa

Riccardo Pelizzo

Nazarbayev University ( email )

53 Kabanbay Batyra Avenue
Astana, 010000
Kazakhstan

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