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Jun 01

WOMEN’S LAND: CLOSING THE GENDER GAP IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA


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This infographic was developed from a variety of sources.

Slide 1: The Gap in Land

The percentage of employed women in agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is from the International Labour Organization’s Women at Work 2016 report (Figure 13).
Statistics on land ownership and control in sub-Saharan Africa are from Gender Inequalities in Ownership and Control of Land in Africa: Myths versus Reality (Tables 4.2 and 4.3).
The percentage of African land under customary tenure is from LandMark.


Slide 2: The Gap in Law

Information on commitments to gender equality in national constitutions are courtesy of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.
Information on ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women is from the United Nations.
Information on ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa is from the African Union.

Data on women’s legal rights to land and inheritance in sub-Saharan Africa come from Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa. On women’s land rights protections in the law, data was not available for Cabo Verde, Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, and South Sudan. On exemptions for inheritance rights under customary tenure, data was not available for Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, and South Sudan. On women’s rights to co-ownership of land through marriage, data was not available for South Sudan.


Slide 3: The Gap in Governance

The composition of village councils in Tanzania is found in Tanzania’s Local Government Act, art. 56(c).
The percentage of women serving as chairpersons of District Land Boards in Uganda is from Gender and Economic Growth in Uganda (Table 1.2).
Analysis of women’s participation in Land Administration Committees in Ethiopia is found in FAO Gender and Land Rights Database – Ethiopia.


Slide 4: Rising Advocacy

The African Union Land Policy Initiative’s Campaign for Women’s Land Ownership is described by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Read the Kilimanjaro Initiative’s Charter of Demands and announcement of the African Union’s endorsement.
Learn about the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights and the Visiting Professionals Program.
Learn more and sign on to support the Deliver for Good campaign.

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