Strengthening Women's Land Rights in Northern Uganda
Decades of conflict, community resettlements, co-existing customary and statutory systems, and high demand for land in Northern Uganda have turned access to and control over land into a very contentious issue, affecting which land rights are granted, to whom, and how secure these rights are. Women, and especially women without a male relative to support them, often find themselves in a particularly vulnerable position.
To address these problems, Landesa partnered with local organizations WORUDET and ARUL to develop and pilot an approach that relies on in-country institutional capacity to strengthen women’s land rights in a customary, post-conflict setting. The pilot worked at three levels: community-based facilitators, groups of local women, and community leaders.
Twelve months after the project’s launch, this mixed-methods assessment reports noticeable improvements in women’s perceptions of their rights to land. More specifically, women report accessing more land; they indicate that their rights are more likely to be recognized by their families and their communities; they believe their rights are less vulnerable to changes in their families and their communities; they report being more likely to enforce their rights to land; and they perceive themselves as more likely to effectively influence their families’ decisions to sell, rent, mortgage or bequeath land.