ENHANCING WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO LAND AND PROPERTY IN LINE WITH THE NEW CONSTITUTION
African Woman and Child Feature Service undertook to carry out the project: Media Based Advocacy to Enhance Women’s Rights and Access to land and Property in Line with Kenya’s New Constitution because of the realization that there is need to create awareness among men and women alike, as there is a glaring lack of gender and human rights awareness of the serious repercussions that the denial of women’s rights continue to have and of the possible strategies towards actual implementation of these rights on the ground. In addition, many women do not have information, confidence, experience and resources to obtain what they are legally entitled to.
That women lack sufficient knowledge about the rights they have under the law to own land and property. Rural, illiterate women do not even have access to the new constitution which guarantees them these rights. There is need for a continuous nationwide public education and civic information program to confront cultural barriers and practices that impede women’s access to land and property rights. If the application of the constitutional provisions that guarantees equitable access to land and property is not handled appropriately, domestic violence may escalate, families may break up and violence may increase significantly within families and communities.
The project goal was anchored in the rationale that there is need to enhance the full realization of women’s land rights is a long-term process and that advocacy and education and the role of the media is key in support of women’s land rights is crucial, given the deep-rooted cultural norms and practices which underlie discrimination in land tenure.
Project Duration: May - December 2011