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Tens of millions of people across the urban-rural spectrum live without secure tenure. Experts from Habitat for Humanity International, Huairou Commission, UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network, the World Bank, and IHC Global weighed in on “Property Rights, Culture, and Context” at the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) in Abu Dhabi this February.
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.