[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

Clayton Masekesa – Zimbabwean – Thursday, 01 May 2014 (originally published 29 Apr)

Lucia Makawa standing on her land
Lucia Makawa at her new piece of land.

For many years Lucia Makawa, 43, has been deprived of the right to land of her own due to cultural practices.

This widowed mother of five children has been looked down upon and ill-treated as she tried to voice her concerns about the issue of owning land. But she and other women in Mutare district are now able to access justice on land ownership issues after receiving training in gender and human rights issues from the Women’s Resources Foundation (WRF) .

The training is ongoing in all the districts in Manicaland province and courses have already been held in Nyanga, Buhera and Mutare districts. In an interview with The Zimbabwean the foundation’s programs officer, Lena Murembwe, said women were struggling to fight for the recognition of their rights . . .

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