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










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    The Community Land Rights of Women and Youth in Turkana 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 Turkana 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 nondiscrimination in access to land, women and youth still face many land-related challenges in Turkana County. It looks at the current situation regarding community land rights and examines the bar riers 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. This brief aims to inform policymakers, administrators, development partners, and local communities, including women’s and non-governmental organizations working to improve access to 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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    Women and Land in the Muslim World
    Pathways to increase access to land for the realization of development, peace and human rights
    2018
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    Women’s access to land is crucial to ensure social and economic development and food security; it contributes to the realization of human rights, empowerment and participation of women; it helps to protect women from violence and health hazards, and it enables them to play a bigger role in the stabilization of societies in crisis and conflict. For women, access to land means security, stability, independence and freedom. Unfortunately, socially prescribed gender roles, unequal power dynamics at household and community level, discriminatory family practices, unequal access to justice, institutions and land administration processes, traditional norms and local tenure relationships frequently deny women adequate access to land for farming, housing, or other social and economic purposes. Such challenges are faced by women in the Muslim world as well as in other parts of the world. However, 20 per cent of the world’s population is Muslim and - despite the significant national differences encountered - certain common land-related patterns reflecting customary and religious practices emerge in the Muslim world as elements that shape the way women can access to, use of and control over land. This report looks at global normative work, regional frameworks, and good countrylevel practices, it provides an analysis of the most important aspects to be taken into consideration to successfully secure women’s access to land in the Muslim world and makes a set of evidence-based and context specific recommendations for action. The report builds on key concepts, tools and approaches developed in the past decade by the Global Land Tool Network, such as the continuum of land rights, the fit-for-purpose land administration, the appreciation of the diversity of women, and the engagement with aspects of Islamic land law for the protection of the land rights of women and of the most vulnerable. The ideas and recommendations suggested here are intended to be used by wide range of policymakers, land practitioners, development and humanitarian workers, civil society, religious leaders, women’s organizations, communities and donors.

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