Women Representatives Petition Parliament on Land Amendment Bill

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Women representatives from six districts have petitioned Parliament over the exclusion of women in the ownership and control of land in the proposed Land Amendment Bill 2007. Action Aid's women's right policy analyst, Harriet Gimbo, a team of women from Lira, Katakwi, Kumi, Masindi, Kalangala and Tororo to present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Sekandi on Tuesday. She says that the bill does not empower women to own land like their spouses. In the petition, the women representatives say that the levels of domestic violence have increased due to unequal power relations between men and women. The call upon Parliament to implement fully the provisions of the laws and policies that guarantee women's land rights, like the Domestic Relations Bill. The petition suggests that government targets women with incentives for land allocation, utilization as well as facilitate land transactions to promote equal opportunities for all. According to Gido, the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Sekandi, promised to forward the petition to the relevant parliamentary committee. Parliament is in the process of finalizing consultations on the bill to be tabled in coming months.

 

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