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Title:Gender and the Politics of the Land Reform Process in Tanzania
Author:Manji, AmbreenaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:gender relations
land reform
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161928
Abstract:This article explores the course of the land tenure reform debate in Tanzania over the last seven years in order to show that the issue of women's unequal rights to land has received inadequate attention. The article examines recent policy documents concerned with land tenure reforms in Tanzania, in particular the Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters (1992), the National Land Policy (1995), and the draft Bill for a Land Act (1998) in order to show the approaches taken to women's land relations. It goes on to discuss the role of gender progressive groups, such as women's advocacy groups and NGOs, in the land reform debate. Whilst it might be expected that such groups would be concerned to ensure that women's land rights are addressed, especially when the issue is being neglected in the mainstream debate, it is clear that in Tanzania they have been unable to challenge the marginalization of gender issues in the reform agenda. The author advances a number of reasons why feminist analyses of the land issue have been hampered and why there has been a failure to respond effectively to the opportunity to press the government for reforms to address women's demands. Notes, ref.