Source: Africa Review
African women want their governments to undertake reforms that will enable them get easier access to land.
Making the appeal, the over forty women drawn from across the continent also clarified: “We are talking about natural succession to land." This was at the end of a two-day workshop in Cameroon's Edea town, July 28.
Cecile Ndjebet, President of the Network of African Women for the Management of Communal Forests( REFACOF) outlined the difficulties women have accessing land and forest resources besides being the main custodian of the same.
No easy access
According to an American representative of Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Marine France at the meeting, “In the African continent, women are the main utilisers of forestry resources. They are engaged in the feeding of the family notably in cutting firewood for cooking, exploiting forestry resources or in agricultural activities. But they have difficulties in acceding land”.
Among other things, the workshop was aimed at mapping out ways of realising reforms on African land laws.