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The Community Land Rights of Women and Youth in Turkana County, Kenya











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    The Community Land Rights of Women and Youth in Tana River County, Kenya 2017
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    This policy brief presents the main findings of a situational analysis and assessment of women’s and youth’s ability to access community land in Tana River County, Kenya, with a focus on their rights. The brief highlights the fact that even though policy and legal frameworks provide for equal rights and non-discrimination in access to land, women and youth still face many land-related challenges in Tana River County. It looks at the current situation regarding community land rights and examines the barriers that women face trying to realize these rights. It further provides recommendations and strategies that can be used to strengthen and secure rights to community land for women and youth.
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    The community land rights of women and youth in Tana River and Turkana Counties - A Synthesis report 2017
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    This report focuses on the findings of the assessments carried out in Tana River and Turkana Counties. The report identifies a number of recommendations revolving around awareness creation (community sensitization) by non-governmental organizations to enlighten the communities about their rights and the importance of adhering to constitutional principles such as participation and consultation. Other recommended interventions include proper land use planning, the formation of group ranches for th e sustainable management of resources, exposure visits to other communities to exchange ideas on how to move forward on the women’s land rights agenda, synergies with relevant offices in the county government, and working with religious leaders and organizations to advocate for women’s/youth’s rights.
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    Gender and land compendium of country studies 2005
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    From the outset, the development of agriculture has been strongly associated with women’s endeavour. In fact, women’s contribution to agriculture goes back to the origins of farming and the domestication of animals when the first human settlements were established more than 6 000 years ago. Over the years, the division of responsibilities and labour within households and communities tended to place farming and nutrition-related tasks under women’s domain. Nowadays, in many societies women continue to be mainly responsible for family food security and nutrition. Nevertheless, the institutional framework and policy environment have not necessarily evolved to respond to the goals of human and social reproduction; on the contrary, they have been subordinated to financial and profit-making goals. Gender, together with other social and economic factors, determines the individual’s and group’s access to and control over resources. Cultural norms and social practices, as well as socio-economic factors, are among the main obstacles women face in this regard. In practice, although most national legal codes have explicitly incorporated legal provisions acknowledging gender equality in relation to access and ownership of land and other productive resources, it has been noted that women’s rights to own resources on equal conditions to those of men are repeatedly disregarded or overlooked.

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