The root of inequality? Customary Tenure and Women’s Rights to Land in West Africa | Land Portal
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March 2021
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This is the report of a webinar held by Land Portal on 24th March 2021.

In much of West Africa, women are considered breadwinners responsible to provide food for the family. However, women do not only own less land but also face manifold obstacles in accessing land through transfers, inheritance, or lease. The tenure security of this group has been threatened by large-scale land deals, state appropriation in the name of the public interest, and the often-discriminating practices of customary tenure systems.

This webinar held on 24th March 2021 had two aims. First, it brought attention to newly released country portfolios from Land Portal for Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. These portfolios introduce a spectrum of information on the land system in each country, covering fields such as law and regulations, land use trends, investments and acquisitions, and women’s land rights. They offer the user an entry-point through which to learn more about land in each country, and where they can find further detailed sources of data. Second, the webinar explored how women’s land rights are affected by customary tenure through presentations from Liberia, Nigeria, and Ghana.



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