Saturday, June 3, 2017

The African Union officially endorses Pan African Women’s Charter on Land Rights. WE DEMAND 3/4

• Sensitization of leaders, (traditional, community, religious and others) youth, people with disabilities, and women on the law and policies on land.
• Women empowerment by enabling them to access their land rights, technology, and financial resources to improve their livelihoods.
• Translate land policies and laws into accessible local languages.
• Sex disaggregated digital inventory of tenure rights within public, community, and private lands so that all land is identified, recorded, and made public for safeguarding.
• 50% participation of women in decision-making bodies and implementation of land issues and matters (including in the valuation of land and payment of compensation for natural resources) so that they can speak and defend their land rights.
• Governments should regulate businesses and investors that pollute the environment and adversely affect the environment and the health of communities, especially women and children.
• Governments must avoid land-based investments which forcefully displace rural communities, particularly women and children.
• Women and communities must have a say on who and what kind of investments and companies that invest in their communities. The investor must be obligated to provide information about the impacts of their investment (sustainability - economic, environmental, health, social, and infrastructural).
• Investments in land should be done in partnership with communities, governments, and investors – jobs; development projects (water, roads, schools, hospitals, etc.); minimum 40% share in the profits; environmental protection.
• The challenges of people living with disabilities and other vulnerable groups (people living with HIV/AIDs, widows), namely stigma, discrimination, cultural biases, lack of access to information and infrastructure must be taken into account in all land matters and they must be represented in decision-making bodies and involved in the implementation process.
• Pastoral lands must be recognized and protected by law and other mechanisms.
• Ban harmful and oppressive cultural practices that undermine women’s rights including those that prohibit women to inherit land and other resources.
• Government should enact laws to provide security and protection of women’s rights defenders.
• Stop persistent farmers – pastoralists conflicts over the use of land and other resources.
• Enact inheritance law to provide and safeguard women’s land rights whenever it is not existing.

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