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Women have right to own land – LPI

BENEDICT TEMBO, Addis Ababa
THE Land Policy Initiative (LPI) has called for respect for women’s right to own, access and use land under various tenure regimes.
LPI Chief of Party Joan Kagwanja said it is a prerequisite for states to promote respect for gender equality in land governance through national laws.
Speaking at a media workshop in Addis Ababa on Monday, Ms Kagwanja said large-scale land based investments contribute to gender-sensitive employment and broad based employment creation, which benefits women.
The LPI is a tripartite consortium comprising the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
The one-day media workshop was a build up to the inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, which started yesterday.
The three-day conference which ends tomorrow will create a platform for presentation of research findings, and will focus the attention on a variety of stakeholders on the issues and status of land policy development and implementation in Africa.
The conference has bought together Governments, parliamentarians, farmers, researchers, civil society, media, private sector, land practitioners, and development partners.

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