Differentiations in Women’s Land Tenure Experiences: Implications for Women’s Land Access and Tenure Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
2. Materials and Methods
3. Theorising Women’s Land Tenure Issues by Systematically Recognising Women from Homogenisation to Differentiation
3.1. Homogenising Women Is Tantamount to a Lack of Human Recognition
3.2. Functional Differentiation Theory as a Path to Women’s Empowerment
4. Results: From Theory to Reality—Women’s Differentiation in Ghana, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe
4.1. Differentiated (Yet Interlinked) Matrix of Scenarios of Women’s Land Tenure
4.2. Categories of Sources of Women’s Differentiation
- Economic status: Economic position of women in relation to others.
- Marital status: Women’s state of being married (polygamy or monogamy) separated, widowed, single, or divorced.
- Type of land: Category of land based on the purpose for which women use it.
- Health status: Women’s state of wellness and/or burden of care.
- Education status: Women’s level of attainment of formal education.
- Life cycle stage: Age and stage in life cycle.
- Inheritance regime: The status women assume at birth or are assigned later in life (voluntarily or involuntarily) in the succession of land—for example, patriarchal versus matriarchal systems (big gap between practise and theory).
- Spatial location or habitation of women: Women’s residence in urban, peri-urban, or rural areas or locations.
- Socio-political status: Relationship to powerful individuals.
- Migrant status: Women who are non-natives versus those who are natives of the place from which they hold land rights.
4.3. How Differentiation Informs Land Tenure in Nigeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe
4.3.1. Economic Status of Women
4.3.2. Type of Land Used or Owned by Women
4.3.3. Health Status and/or Burden of Care of Women
4.3.4. Marital Status of Women
4.3.5. Education Status of Women
4.3.6. Life Cycle Stage of Women
4.3.7. Inheritance Regime in Which Women Live
4.3.8. Women’s Settlement Area (e.g., Urban, Rural, or Peri-Urban)
4.3.9. Migrant Status of Women
4.3.10. Women’s Relationship (to Those) with Power
5. Discussion and Policy Emerging Issues
5.1. Towards Embracing Women’s Differentiation in Land Tenure Issues
5.2. Adopting Modes of Action in Support of Women’s Differentiation
- Tenure security base (TSB): The tenure security base for women is generally accepted to be low in SSA for reasons pertaining to cultural practices inherent in customary tenure . This means that, ceteris paribus, the starting point for women in terms of tenure security is generally low.
- Tenure security crisis (TSC): As women generally start from a low base of tenure security, the less differentiation is applied in handling their tenure security alleviation, the greater chance there will be a crisis in the future. A tenure security crisis for women is a situation in which enhancement of tenure security alludes majority of the women who are poor (due to homogenization of women).
- Tenure security disempowerment (TSD): Women become more disempowered (in terms of tenure security) as their land tenure experiences become less differentiated (or continue to be undifferentiated).
- Tenure security empowerment (TSE): Women become less disempowered (or more empowered in terms of tenure security) as their tenure security experiences become more differentiated.
- Intersection (I): This is the equilibrium point. It occurs when women’s differentiation leads to tenure security. At this point, recognising women’s differentiation in policy implementation produces tenure security and different kinds of women can be reached via policy implementation on land tenure.
5.3. Mainstreaming Women’s Differentiation at Land Policy or Project Levels
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Chigbu, U.E.; Paradza, G.; Dachaga, W. Differentiations in Women’s Land Tenure Experiences: Implications for Women’s Land Access and Tenure Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Land 2019, 8, 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/land8020022
Chigbu UE, Paradza G, Dachaga W. Differentiations in Women’s Land Tenure Experiences: Implications for Women’s Land Access and Tenure Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Land. 2019; 8(2):22. https://doi.org/10.3390/land8020022Chicago/Turabian Style
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