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Despite great progress over the last few decades, we must look beyond the policy framework and strive for inclusion in terms of access to and control of land.
Louise Achieng Juma’s life changed abruptly in 2012 when her husband Yusuf was tragically killed in a car accident. Pregnant and mother to six other children between the ages of two and fifteen, Louise was left to fend for herself. Devastated by the loss, at least she had the land on which to grow crops and shelter her family. Or so she thought.
As advocates for women’s land rights, isn’t it time we support the establishment of land-rights-specific grievance mechanisms?
In Uganda, registered land is still at 20%, and out of that women are only a meager 5%-26%. There is an urgent need to address the historical injustices and colonial legacies, which have resulted in several challenges.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - As urbanization gallops through every corner of the world and more and more people are moving into urban areas, many societies face the challenge of dealing with land and housing.