Social and economic inclusion of women is a result of securing their land rights. There is a positive correlation between securing women’s land rights and their empowerment; however this shall not be full range social and economic empowerment because of intervening complex barriers in the society that are built on highly patriarchal structure. The synergies of these barriers need to be addressed to achieve inclusive development.
To address the intervening synergies that complex barriers impose against achieving the full fruition of women’s secure land rights (i.e., gender equality and women empowerment), to anchor activities that will aim at building the capacities of women and men on issues relevant to their needs, viz:
- For women’s financial inclusion, to strengthen the capacity of women and build their confidence on areas such as small business setup and management, business proposal development, understanding the loan and credit requirements of financial institutions;
- To strengthen and intensify communication and information campaigns geared towards strengthening the knowledge base of women and men on issues such as land rights, relevant land and family laws, and gender equality;
- To exhaust already existing mechanisms, but have remained untapped, in communication and information campaigns on issues of relevance;
- More inputs (e.g., trainings) to maximize the land’s productive value and equip them to respond to pressures of arable land (such as proper land use and productivity to be able to combat or adapt to climate change); and
- To lobby concerned bodies to support women’s productivity in agriculture, or commit necessary investment to support women in agriculture.
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