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Title:Women's land rights and tenure security in Uganda: experiences from Mbale, Apac and Ntungamo
Author:Gärber, Barbara
Periodical:Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1992-8610)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:land rights
land tenure
External link:http://stichproben.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/p_stichproben/Artikel/Nummer24/24_Gaerber.pdf
Abstract:Even though women are the main agricultural producers in Uganda, only few of them enjoy secure rights to the land they till as control of land is mainly concentrated in the hands of men. Despite the government's deliberate efforts to redress gender based inequalities in land access and ownership abuse of women's land rights is still common, especially in the rural areas where women are frequently dispossessed of their land by members of their own families. Fieldwork in Mbale, Apac and Ntungamo Districts has indicated that in a context of increasing land scarcity and high population pressure, men are increasingly taking advantage of their superior position within the patrilineal tenure system,advancing their own interests at the expense of weaker and, in most cases, female family members. At the same time, women's ability to successfully defend their interests in land is severely limited as they often lack both the social ties and financial capability necessary to assert their rights in a corrupt and male biased institutional environment. Bibliogr., notes, ref. sum. [Journal abstract]