Women Blame Patriarchal Mindset on Claiming Their Rights to Own Land

June 28, 2011 by Diana Wanaswa  
Published in Women

Most women are subjugated by customary practices and traditions that deny them the privilege of owning, inheriting and even disposing of property.

Most women are subjugated by customary practices and traditions that deny them the privilege of owning, inheriting and even disposing of property.

Most women find their hands tied in the bondage of patriarchal mindset which has underprivileged women’s ability to ownership of land especially if their spouses die or they are obliged to inherit the land without land title deed.

Speaking in a public forum on Land reform and Decentralization Project that brought together women from Msambweni, Shimoni, Mariakani, Mwatate and Kinango areas,  coordinator of Kwale local land Team, Mrs. Christine Musau said that customary believes has undermined women in the society.

Mrs. Musau noted that patriarchal cultures restricted women from intermingle with men on land issues, “women have limited chances of possessing land, they are mostly barred or chained by culture, fear and lack of empowerment. They often have access to it through marriage as they are regard as not important as men in African Traditional setting.”

She further advised that there is need for women to be empowered by creating awareness of their rights through public barazas and to educate them on the need to get access to their personal land.

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