Invitation to a Dissemination Seminar on Men, Marriage and Women’s land rights

Date

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Event Details

Makerere University, with the support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has been undertaking research under the project entitled: Strengthening Social Sciences Research for National Development. One of these projects focused on customary land tenure in the context of contemporary policy imperatives.

As a key stakeholder, this serves to invite you to attend the seminar for the presentation of the paper entitled: Men, Marriage and Women’s Land Rights: Reflections on Customary Land Tenure System in Rural Uganda.

The seminar is slated to take place at the School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall on Thursday April 11, 2019 starting at 2:00pm.

Presenter: Associate Prof. Josephine Ahikire, School of Women and Gender Studies & AG. Principal, CHUSS

Discussants:

  1. Mr. Dennis Obbo, Information Specialist, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
  2. Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo- School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University
  3. Dr. Henry Manyire - School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University

We value your expertise and it is our sincere hope that you will honor our request

Abstract

Customary land tenure has been broadly categorized as part of the traditional practices that oppress and exclude women from land access and ownership. Contemporary theoretical and advocacy imperatives have hence, centred on the need to change what is known as customary norms. Worthy to note, is that customary land tenure is overly dynamic, fluid and complex and may at certain points in time, offer opportunities for inclusive practices on the part of women and men. Specifically, marriage as an institution in this milieu equally layers customary practices in diverse ways. The apparent homogenizing of all these fluidities across the diverse cultures into one orthodoxy seems to block gender transformation in the land sector. This paper is based on a study conducted in Acholi (Amuru), Buganda (Kayunga) and Kigezi (Rukiga). The study was informed by the need to re-examine customary land tenure especially in view of new policy directions such as registration and issuance of Certificates of Customary Ownership (CCOs), as well as the apparent land rush across the country leading to mass evictions and displacement. The main concern was about the under-theorised nature of gender relations in customary land tenure which has also tended to recreate and legitimate patriarchal discourses on land in contemporary times, thereby infusing itself into policy and new modes of land access. In very specific ways, the paper highlights the making of men through marriage and the layered nature of women’s land rights in this regard. Hence, the paper interrogates the place of men and women in various customary land tenure trajectories and brings to the fore the need to re-problematise the issue of women’s land rights in new ways. The insights from these reflections will contribute to informed policy and advocacy on gender and land rights.

For more details, please contact Associate Prof. Josephine Ahikire, AG. Principal CHUSS at ahikirejosephine@gmail.com

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