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FAO/OXFAM GB Workshop on Women's Land Rights in Southern and Eastern Africa

Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria, South Africa

Draft Programme

17 - 19 June 2003

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Monday 16 June
17:30 - 19:00 Registration (primarily for those already in the hotel)

Day 1 (Tuesday 17 June)
8.00-8.30 Registration (primarily for those attending locally)
8:30-9:00 Opening
Kaori Izumi (FAO),
Robin Palmer (OXFAM GB)
I. Women's Land and Property Rights and Conceptual Framework
Chair: Nomcebo Manzini (UNIFEM)
Facilitator: Scott Drimie (HSRC)
9:00- 9:30 Gender issues of land tenure and reform in Southern and Eastern Africa: An overview
Cherryl Walker (HSRC)
9:30-10:00 Discussion
10:00-10.15 Coffee break
II. Legal Issues of Land, Property and (co-) ownership
Chair: Robin Palmer (OXFAM GB) Facilitator: Carin Vijfhuizen (Univ. Wageningen)
10:15-10:45 Joint titling and its economic implication in Uganda
Abby Sabina-Zziwa (MISR)
10.45-11.15 Gender perspective in the land reform process in Uganda
Harriet Busingye (Uganda Land Alliance)
11.15-11.30 Discussant 1: Ambreena Manji (Univ. Warwick) - Co-ownership or consent clause in the Uganda Land Act?
11.30-11.45 Discussant 2: Birgit Englert (Univ. Vienna) - Legislation for women's land rights: a wrong answer?
11:45-12:15 Discussion
III. Natural Resources
Chair: G. Lekhula (Ministry of Lands, Botswana)
Facilitator: Craig Castro (OXFAM GB)
12.15-12:45 Strategic women and gainful men: women's rights to natural resources in Mozambique
Rachel Waterhouse (Consultant Mozambique), & Carin Vifhuizen (Univ. Wageningen)
12:45-13:15 Discussion
13:15-14:30 Lunch break
IV. Women's Inheritance Rights
Parallel session 1
  Inheritance rights - Zimbabwe Inheritance rights - Malawi
Rose Gawaya (OXFAM GB)
Gun Mikkelsen (FINIDA)
Jan Peterson (Huairou Commission)
Ingunn Ikdhal (Univ. Oslo)
14:30-15:00 Venia Magaya's Sacrifice in Zimbabwe: A case of custom gone awry
Agatha TsiTsi Dodo (WLSA, Zimbabwe)
Women's inheritance rights in MalawiNaomi Ngwira (Univ. Malawi)
15:00-15:30 Discussion Discussion
15.30-16.00 Tea break
V. Women's land rights in post-conflict countries and in pastoral communities
Parallel session 2
  Post-conflict Pastoral communities
Chair: Facilitator: Caroline Sande-Mukulira, (OXFAM GB)Nomcebo Manzini (UNIFEM) Maren Liberum (OXFAM GB)
Ada Mwangola (OXFAM GB)
16:00-16:30 Women's land rights in post conflict countries
Nyradzai Gumbonzvanda (UNIFEM)
Pastoral land and women's rights to landFiona Flintan (International Famine Centre, Ireland)
16:30-17:00 Discussion Discussion

Day 2 (Wednesday 18 June)
VI. HIV/AIDS and Women's Land Rights
Chair: Richard Trenchard, IFAD
Facilitator: Michael Aliber, HSRC
8:30-9:00 Gender, HIV/AIDS and land issues in Kenya
Cherryl Walker (HSRC)
9:00-9:20 Questions
9:20-9:40 HIV/AIDS and Women's land rights and livelihood in Uganda
Maude Mugisha (EASSI)
9:40-10:00 Testimony 1: Our struggle with HIV/AIDS, land/property and livelihood
Constance Niwagaba (Bunono-Ilanga Group of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)
10:00-10:20 Testimony 2: Evicted from rural home: HIV/AIDS, violence and loss of livelihood
Edvina Kyoheirwe (woman living with HIV/AIDS in Kampala)
10:20-11:00 Questions and Discussion on HIV/AIDS and women's land rights and livelihood
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
VII. Land Administration and Legal aid for women's land rights
Parallel session 3
  Land administration and women's land rights Legal aid to strengthen women's land/ property rights
Sithembiso Gumbi (DLA)
Abby-Sabina-Zziwa (MISR)
Winluck Wahiu (ICJ)
Samantha Hargreaves (NLC)
11:15-11:45 Best practice in land administration for tenure security for women
Marjolein Benschop (UN-Habitat)
Paralegals' support to protect women's land rights
Women Lawyers Association (FIDA) Kenya
11:45-12:00 Questions Questions
12:00-12:30 Efficient land administration as a tool to secure women's land rights
G. Lekhula (Min. of Lands, Botswana)
Village legal desk for women's land rights in Tanzania
Mary Kessi (TAWLA)
12:30-12:45 Questions Questions
12:45-13:15 Discussion Discussion
13:15-14:30 Lunch Break
VIII. Women's rights to housing, land and property: new resolutions, reality and new initiatives
Chair: Susanne Wedstein (SIDA)
Facilitator: Harriet Busingye (Uganda Land Alliance)
14:30-15:00 Making rights into reality; women's land rights to land housing and property in East Africa: UN-Habitat resolution and new development
Marjolein Benschop (UN-Habitat)
15:00-15:30 Kenya case study on women's property rights violations
Janet Walsh (Human Rights Watch)
15.30-16:00 Women's rights to human settlement, mothers' centre in slum in Nairobi
Esthter Mwaura-Muiru (Groots Kenya)
16:00-16:15 Tea break
16:15-16:45 New resolution of the Office of Commission for Human Rights: Women's property rights in international context
Birte Scholz (COHRE)
16:45-17:00 Human Rights Commission and Global Coalition for secure tenure and land rights
Jan Petersson (Huairou Commission)
17:00-17:30 Questions and Discussion

Day 3 (Thursday 19 June)
IX. Working Groups
8:30-12:30 5 Working Groups
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
8.30-12:30 Working Groups:
  1. Land rights and legal reforms (including titling and tenure issues) - links to other laws such as family laws (relating to inheritance, marital rights, head of household definition)
    Chair/rapporteur: Ambreena Manji (Univ. Warwick)
    Facilitator: Birte Scholz (COHRE)

  2. Legal aid and land administration practice: establishing women's rights through practice and in practice
    Chair/rapporteur: Sibongile Ndashe (Women Legal Centre)
    Facilitator: Louise du Plessis (Legal Resources Centre)

  3. Women's land rights in an HIV/AIDS context:
    • legal aid
    • gaining social support
    • livelihoods approach to enable land use
      Chair/rapporteur: Dan Mullins (OXFAM GB)
      Facilitator: Scott Drimie (HSRC)

  4. Women's land rights in post-conflict situations:
    • legal aid
    • gaining social support
    • livelihoods approach to enable land use
      Chair/rapporteur: Nomcebo Manzini (UNIFEM)
      Facilitator: Rachel Waterhouse (consultant, Mozambique)

  5. Land rights in food security and livelihood context:
    • Enabling women to establish de facto rights to land
    • Enabling women to increase control over land through use
    • Increasing social acceptance of women's rights to land through use.

Possible list of questions to address and report on:
  • What direction should current work on this issue take?

  • What could be the next steps - ideas for research, programmes, projects, possible collaboration?

  • How can gender land rights issues integrate with work on food security?

  • Is there need to broaden the base of organisations working on land rights - move towards making land rights issue a 'non-specialised' issue? If so, how?

  • What kind of advocacy is needed to advance women's land rights and how should it be undertaken?

12:30-13:30 Lunch break
X. Plenary Discussion - Working Group presentations
Chair: Craig Castro (OXFAM GB)
Facilitator: Scott Drimie (HSRD)
13:30-15:30 Presentations from working groups and discussions
  • Group 1: Land rights and legal reforms
  • Group 2: Legal aid and land administration
  • Group 3: Women's land rights in HIV/AIDS context
  • Group 4: Women's land rights in post-conflict situations
  • Group 5: Women's land rights in food security and livelihood context
15:30-15:45 Tea break
XI. Future activities
Chair: Nomcebo Manzini (UNIFEM)
Facilitator: Nyradzai Gumbonzvanda (UNIFEM)
15:45-17:30 Discussion on project ideas and future activities including:
  • Research
  • Projects (e.g. legal aid, sensitisation, group leadership training, income generating activities, land administration, capacity building for Government and NGOs in research, land project formulation and implementation, programming, test court case,)
  • Advocacy
  • For future networking and a way forward
17:30-17.45 Closing

Gendered land rights issues: a challenge for NGOs
Robin Palmer (OXFAM GB)

Advocacy and beyond: support for strengthening women's land/property rights and improved livelihood
Kaori Izumi (FAO)

(Note: Chairs and facilitators are tentatively selected and should be finalised in consultation with those who are listed).


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