Family Land Titles: the best strategy to advance and protect women’s land rights.

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The improvement of security of tenure for women under customary law is a priority for all stakeholders. The current strategy in Uganda, as elsewhere in Africa, is for women to get individual titles.

In Uganda, the laws promote customary owners getting Certificates of Customary Ownership (CCOs) where no
survey occurs and where land can be converted to freehold titles.

This paper:

  • examines the likelihood of CCOs or titles being issued to rural women so as to give them secure land
  • argues that the rural women have rights to family land and that a push for individual titles will endanger, rather than improve, their land rights
  • promotes family land titles instead.