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Women, Land Rights and the Environment: The Kenyan experience

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Gender neutral statutory law on land and environment and its interplay with customary, religious and other social norms has impacted significantly on women's rights to access land and environmental resources. To change the prevailing conditions, innovative and radical approaches to land and environmental resources' stewardship are required. Rather than focusing on ownership of land for its own sake, we suggest here that roles that individuals play with regard to the land and environmental resources should determine rights to land and environmental resources. Such a focus would shift the locus of land and environmental resources' control from titular male household heads to the labourers and tenders of land who are mainly women.Development (2006) 49, 43–48. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100274

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.development.1100274

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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