Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, continue to be denied the right to inherit land from their parents and spouses. Land inheritance in many cultures is a preserve of the boy child, while the women are only allowed user rights. To make matters worse, even the few that are chanced to inherit land, later have it grabbed from them either by closer relative or in some instances by outsiders. Majority of the rural women are very poor and have no capacity for legal representation, which puts them at a huge disadvantage when faced with land related court cases.
However, in the midst of all this, some few scattered women have successfully been able to fight for their land rights either through either through formal court systems or mediation at various levels. The Uganda Land Alliance, a Network comprising of over 60 members both organizational and individuals, is undertaking a project to capture the success stories of these isolated cases.
This video captures perspectives from Northern Uganda. The Documentation team has done exclusive profiles of women in Pader, Apac, Amuru and Gulu districts. While all the cases have a similar genetic background, they evolve and end differently.
Exclusive profiles have also been done in Kyenjojo, Mubende, Hoima and Jinja districts.
A complete documentary detailing the entire project will be available at the ULA Secretariat by August 2011 and the general public. can access copies of the same on request.
ULA is also planning to produce a publication by December 2011 providing a pictorial and written version of the project.
Send us an E-mail on: firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information about the women’s success stories project
Standing up for women’s land rights [Courtesy UN video captured in Malawi]
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