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Webinar: Legal pluralism and poor implementation hold back women’s land rights in Africa: What can we do?

Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 13:00 (CAT)

Join PLAAS for a webinar on “Legal pluralism and poor implementation hold back women’s land rights in Africa: What can we do?”.

From the Beijing Conference held 25 years ago to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 women have voiced their concerns on land rights as the top agenda among other policy issues. The African Union and several African countries have formulated a variety of tools including frameworks, protocols and programmes providing for and protecting women’s land rights. However, the implementation of these tools is yet to receive sufficient political backing, due to widespread patriarchal values, limited financial and human resources and last but not least informal rules of the games that are entrenched and embedded into our societal norms, religions and traditions.

Understanding the status, causes and consequences of the de facto ‘unenforceability’ of constitutional and legal provisions in favour of women might shed light on much broader challenges facing women in Africa including the Covid-19 crisis we are in today.

We will have a conversation with Emmanuel Sulle (Research Associate, PLAAS), Benard Moseti (Oxfam, Pan Africa Programme) and Joséphine Atangana (Programme Officer Plateforme Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale (PROPAC)) to present the outcomes of the three-year project—Women’s Land Rights for Inclusive Development and Growth in Africa. The project was implemented in seven African countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Togo. We want to learn and build on existing initiatives on women’s land rights across Africa such as the Kilimanjaro Initiative, African Development Agenda 2063 as the blueprint for the “Africa We Want” and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Discussant: Sue Mbaya, Consultant, PLAAS for the development of Women’s Land Rights in Africa and TOT Manual

Chair: Prof Ruth Hall, PLAAS, University of the Western Cape

Questions for discussion

  • How do we operationalise the African Union guidelines, frameworks and protocols providing for and protecting women’s land rights at the national and grassroots level?
  • How do we better understand land matters which are not only embedded in our customs and traditions but also in our religions?
  • How do we keep on movement building during and post the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the women’s land rights agenda remains on track amidst systemic weaknesses in policy implementation within African states?

Tune in on Thursday, 27 August 2020 at:

  • 11:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • 12:00 West Africa Time (WAT)
  • 13:00 Central Africa Time (CAT)
  • 14:00 East Africa Time (EAT)

Watch the webinar here: Or click below to view it.