NGOs, Landesa to unveil ‘Protect Land for Women’ campaign

12Nov 2019
The Guardian
NGOs, Landesa to unveil ‘Protect Land for Women’ campaign

TWENTY-FIVE institutions including Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) will next week launch “Protect Land for Women” campaign that aims to educate the society on the position of women in land ownership.

The campaign that will also be conducted in various countries will be officially launched on November 21 under the coordination of Landesa Tanzania.

Landesa expert on land issues Khadija Mrisho  said over the weekend during at a two-day training seminar for journalists on the rights of women over land and responsible investment thereof.

Landesa is a US based nonprofit organization with offices in Dar es Salaam whose aim, in partnership of the civil society, is to support the government in strengthening land rights of rural women and men.

During the training Mrisho said the campaign involved 25 NGHs that have seen the need to incorporate men as well as religious and traditional leaders in bringing changes that will remove suppressive local traditions.

“There is a need for women to own land, the step that will give them an enabling economic capacity for the development of their families and the nation in general,” said Mrisho.

She said researches  showed that only 24 per cent of women own land, the situation that stifle the economy since 80 per cent depend on agriculture for subsistence.

She said the campaign will be unveiled by the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children Ummy Mwalimu.

Mrisho explained that Tanzania has been picked as a case in point for the campaign because it has shown its aim in bringing equality in land ownership since it is has in place strategies in improving land policies and suppressive laws.

A member of Landesa Board Edda Sanga called on journalists to participate in the campaign through their profession and the training gained so that the society understands the campaign’s good intentions.

A Landesa lawyer Godfrey Massai said there is a need to mobilize the society on joint land ownership to remove discrimination in may families which see that women do not have right to own land.

He said traditionally a woman owns land through her husband, her son or her male next of kin, hence she cannot use the land freely and therefore she cannot rescue herself economically.

He said the campaign will help in bringing changes in the mindset including pushing for laws and policies that will recognize joint land ownership as opposed to the Resolution on Customary Law Act No. 4 Cap 358 and the Law of marriages Act of 1971.