IS THE SECURITY OF TENURE FOR WOMEN SECURED IN THE ‘AFRICA WE WANT’?
What is the position of women in Africa 57 years after the formation of the African Union? How would the world look like if women had secure access, and control of their land, and natural resources? Would the food crisis be managed differently during emergencies, like the big one we are now living in? These are the questions I keep asking myself anytime I meet with rural women farmers and engage with policymakers in the African continent. When women have secured land rights and property, it elevates their status in their family, community, and society. Strong land rights can empower women while increasing investment in land, increasing household food production, and improves child nutrition. This cannot be achieved without putting the rights, roles, and aspirations of both women and men for land and territories on an equal footing.