ULA's women's land rights programme

The Women's Land Rights program is organized under three main themes that have been identified as a theory of change. They include: Legal Empowerment of women, Communication and Social Movement Building, and Land, Custom and Women.

The program focuses on:

a)  Influencing customary, religious and opinion leaders who are the custodians of these cultures to cause the desired change through continuous engagements and meetings.

b)  Transforming community structures through working with them in meetings and dialogues to achieve the transformation.

c)  Involving local government as a formal structure will be involved

d)   Using role models as community advocates

Currently, the Women's Land Rights Program covers six districts, that is, Mukono, Mbale, Kibale, Ntungamo and Pader. At least 50 women have been trained in each of these districts to lead advocacy for women's property rights and support resolution of property related cases at community level. 

Achievements

The training of women advocates has resulted into increased articulation of women's land rights issues and strategies to protect them. The knowledge acquired by women advocates has significantly contributed to protecting the rights of widows. Women advocates testify that as a result of the knowledge acquired from the trainings, they have become reference points in their communities.

Women advocates have successfully lobbied men to include their wives' names during purchase of family assets. A number of women in Kibale district testify to have benefited from awareness on co-ownership of property with their spouses.

Male champions
As a strategy to make the program more inclusive and acceptable to communities, 50 men were mobilised in five districts and trained in women's land rights. These have greatly supported women advocates to raise awareness in communities which previously perceived property ownership as a preserve for men.