GII Schools Women On Land Ownership

Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), a local chapter of Transparency International had schooled stakeholders on land acquisition system last Friday in Accra.

At a Policy Brief Dialogue and Consultative Meeting on Women, Land and Corruption in Africa held in Accra aimed at bringing stakeholders together to share relevant data information on corruption in the land sector.

In his situational analysis report, Dr. Eric Yeboah, a lecturer at KNUST, pointed out that the customary and some tradition in the Ghanaian society vested most of the land ownership to the men.

“Customary tenure which defines access and control of an estimated 80% of lands in Ghana tend to be nuanced with cultural traditions that skew equitable land access and distribution of benefits more towards men”, he said.

He said dominantly in patriarchal setups, women’s access to land is often derived from their male relations such as husbands and fathers.

Speaking in a separate interview with this reporter, the program manager of GII Mrs. Mary Addah said the project seeks to address certain perspective that is lack in the land administration and acquisition system in the country.

She indicated that the high cost of purchasing land in the country is pushing women out of commercial agricultural businesses.

She said for the country to get more food to feed its people women needs to be given more support and encourage, this according to her would increase their economic livelihood.

She was worried that the patrilineal family system is depriving women from owning a land which she stated must be looked into.

Explaining about the project, the project coordinator Mr. Micheal Okai reveals that the project is been executive in three country Ghana, Zimbabwe and Uganda and has the life span of 18 months.

The project which is been funded by Transparency International would target the areas of sensitization, education, promoting women’s right and access to land.

Mr. Okai stated that the overall goal of the WLCA project is to contribute to improved livelihoods of women and men adversely affected by corrupt practices in the land sector as well as to promote equitable and fair access to land and water, thereby leading to enhanced security of tenure.

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