NGO calls for women inclusion in land tenure system

By
Kamara Osman Faisal, GNA

Tamale, Sept. 13, GNA – Ms Fati Alhassan,
Executive Director of Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (GSF), an NGO, has
appealed to duty bearers to allow women participation in land tenure system in
the various communities.

She said about 80 per cent of the arable lands
were owned by customary authorities such as chiefs, clans, family heads and
individuals who were mostly men with the exclusion of women and this has
increased their dependency and vulnerability in the society.

Ms Alhassan said the supremacy of customary
authorities is a contributor to women deprivation of lands despite women
accounting for about 70 per cent of subsistence farming and 90 per cent of the
labour force in marketing farm produce.

She said this at a press conference held in
Tamale to share lessons and experiences learnt in the implementation of the
Community Land Development Committee (CLDC) to promote women participation in
land tenure systems in communities.

Ms Alhassan said land remains the only
resource on which community people depended on for livelihood and must be
guarded by the appropriate authorities to ensure the availability of land for future
generation. 

She said traditional authorities could serve
as agents of change by promoting good land governance and strengthening the
voices of women in community dialogues on land focusing on women inclusion and
participation in the land tenure system.

Ms Alhassan appealed to the traditional
authorities, government, and land agencies to support the inclusion of women
decisions making processes as well as ensuring the availability of land, land
access and ownership for agricultural productivity.

The Community Land Development Committee
(CLDC) is a sustainable tool created to ensure women’s participation in land
related decision-making as well as dialogue to showcase opportunities to ensure
possible replications at attaining the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDG’s).  

The CLDC intends to maintain the synergies
established among chiefs and women as well as the youths to ensure fairness in
land allocations for agriculture for small scale farmers especially women to
have enhanced security of land tenure.

The CLDC members would serve as communication
and governance tools between chiefs and the community members to ensure
communities benefit from large scale land-based investments and gender parity
in land allocations.

GNA

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