Securing Land Rights for Women – Changing Customary Land Tenure and Implementing Land Tenure Reform in Eastern Africa

September 2010
Elizabeth Daley (Mokoro) and Birgit Englert (University of Vienna)

Draws on fieldwork and data from authors’ edited volume on Women’s Land Rights and Privatization in Eastern Africa and a collection of papers edited for the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Authors have developed a positive, pragmatic and innovative approach to securing land rights for women grounded in gender equity. 3 key themes: the role of customary institutions in securing women’s land rights; the continuing central role of legislation as a foundation for changing custom; the challenges of reform implementation and of building women’s confidence to claim their rights.

African Studies Association of the UK biennial conference, Oxford