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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (2010)

Assessment of rural women knowledge on recent land administration reform : a case study in Sidama Zone Hawassa Zuria district, SNNPR Ethiopia

Andarge Almaz Anberbir

Titre : Assessment of rural women knowledge on recent land administration reform : a case study in Sidama Zone Hawassa Zuria district, SNNPR Ethiopia

Auteur : Andarge Almaz Anberbir

Université de soutenance : Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Grade : Master of Development, Specialization Social Inclusion Gender and Rural Livelihood 2010

Résumé
Land is the main source of wealth, power and wellbeing for rural people. Women do not have equal right, for there is no equal opportunity in access to and control over land and resources. Land administration and registration of Ethiopia are based on both the federal and regional land proclamation which aimed to increase the tenure security and strengthen women’s land rights.

The objective of this research project was to make recommendation for Local Administration, Agriculture and Rural Development office, and Women’s Affairs office on how they can enhance the knowledge of women over their land right by assessing the knowledge of men and women within the community with regard to the recent land administration and registration reform. The study was conducted in Dore Bafano Kebele in HZD in July and August 2010. The study employed focus group discussions and individual interview. A total of 30 respondents (15women and 15 men) were interviewed at household level. The number of group discussion participant was 13 (7 men and 6 women). Key informants were also involved in the interview from BoARD, Women’s Affairs office and local land administration committees. The content of the interview focused on the level of knowledge and the means by which people acquired knowledge about women land right in the recent land administration proclamation.

The latest SNNPR Rural Land Administration proclamation 2007, gave both male and female equal right during marriage, divorce and inheritance but women did not know their land right. According to the result from field data, trainings and campaigns were formed as means of awareness creation about the land reform. Only men participated in the campaign, as a result, men were found more knowledgeable than women for 93.3% of the interviewed women did not know about their land right. The reason for this was women were not made aware to participate in the organized campaign and trainings. Also information campaigns were not focused on land rights of women but on registration and certification of land to enhance tenure security of holders. The reason for non participation of women in the campaign seems that Women’s Affairs Office did not participate in information dissemination, as BoARD alone overtook the mandate.

To improve the women knowledge on their land right, collaboration work of concerned stakeholders such as BoARD, Women Affair’s office, and Local Administration is important to enable women to break cultural barriers and tradition, and consequently have the ability and courage to claim their land right.

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