About Women's Land Rights

Land is the most important resource in Uganda because people depend on it for cultivation and, therefore, livelihoods. In Uganda, as elsewhere in the world, unequal access to land is one of the most important forms of economic inequality between men and women and has consequences for women as social and political actors. Women provide 70-80 percent of all agricultural labor and 90 percent of all labor involving food production in Uganda, yet they own only a fraction of the land.

Women's right to land is a critical factor in social status, economic well-being and empowerment. Land is also a social asset, crucial for cultural identity, political power and participation in local decision – making process. Women's access to other natural resources, such as water, firewood and forest products is also crucial for food security and income.

ULA appreciates that women's rights to property in Uganda are unequal to those of men. Their right to own, inherit, manage and dispose of property re under constant attack from customs, laws and individuals  who believe that women cannot be trusted with or do not deserve property. The devastating effects of property rights violation include poverty, disease, violence, HIV/AIDS and homelessness resulting in harm to women, their children and Uganda's overall economy.

Uganda Land Alliance has since 2010 implemented a Women's Land Rights Programme, the first of its kind in Uganda. The women's land rights movement is aimed at enhancing women's access, ownership and, control over land and other productive resources in order to meet their basic livelihood needs and enjoy a more improved tenure security.