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Assessing the implementation of the spousal consent clause of the Land Act 1998, and upscaling advocacy for women’s rights to access and control of land: A case for Kayunga district
Research Report 3
Land is a very important source of livelihood for Ugandans, especially for those who live in Kayunga district, as it is one of the main agricultural districts of the country. As women usually cultivate land and produce food both for sale and home consumption, they are greatly affected when deprived of this resource.
Women are a vulnerable group as they have a unique status when it comes to issues of property ownership. The 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides for the emancipation of women and this is reflected in the Land (Amendment) Act, section 38A which stipulates that the consent of one’s spouse must be obtained before the other spouse can make any transaction with family land, including selling, pledging, mortgaging, exchanging or transferring it.
Nevertheless, many women still fall victim to land sales by their husbands. This research was carried out in Nazigo and Kangulumira sub-counties, Kayunga district and focuses on those who have suffered from the violation of this clause.
Dorothy N. Kabugo, Munyango Joanittah, Bar-chimpe Yousouf, Kyamulabi Madiina
Agricultura, Derechos sobre la tierra, Mujer, Seguridad Alimentaria