In much of West Africa, women are considered breadwinners responsible to provide food for the family. However, women do not only own less land but also face manifold obstacles in accessing land through transfers, inheritance, or lease. The tenure security of this groups has been threatened by large-scale land deals, state appropriation in the name of the public interest, and the often-discriminating practices of customary tenure systems. There is much evidence that women are disadvantaged by customary law even in cases of existing inclusive statutory laws. At the same time, women tend to be largely underrepresented in decision-making positions on local or national level as a result of patriarchal views, lack of knowledge and confidence, as well as high workloads. The importance of women’s tenure security and its socio-economic benefits have gained increasing awareness and momentum in West Africa over the past decade.
This webinar takes place in the frame of the County Insights initiative and marks the launch of Land Portal's new country portfolios for Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria. These portfolios introduce a spectrum of information on the land system in each country, covering fields such as law and regulations, land use trends, investments and acquisitions, and women’s land rights.
The webinar will focus on a topic of common importance to these countries: women's land rights under customary tenure. While marking out tenure security risks for women, the aim here is to highlight new equitable practices of land tenure, comparing positive case examples and challenges to promote measures that are inclusive for women.