Women’s land rights and security of Tenurein Uganda:

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Kampala International University, School of Law
The study was to examine the women's land 1ights and tenure secmity in Uganda case study of Eastem Uganda Mbale distJict. The study objectives included to examine legal frame work of women's land rights and tenure secmity in Uganda, the challenges faced while enforcing women's rights and tenure security in Uganda in Mbale district and the mechanisms for the protection of women's rights and land tenure security in Uganda in Mbale district. The study was an entirely book review research that involved an assessment of the already existing legal framework. The study findings were that women's access to land largely depends on marriage while in the case of children; it can be on attainment of age of majority. The study also observed that most of the women's rights and land tenure security reside in rural areas where discriminatory women's rights and land tenure security practices on land ownership are observed in total disregard of more protective statutory land laws.- This discrepancy in the de jure and de facto protection of women's rights and land tenure security to access land renders them vulnerable and subject to abuse of their rights through implementation of these cultural practices. The vulnerability women's right s and land tenure secmity in East em Uganda to having their right to access land abused is heightened in the course of their attempts to retum home. This is because the conflict resulted in more women based and child-headed households, who, under Mbale district women's rights and land tenure security land practices, do not ordinarily hold land as culturally, heads of households are male existing legal and institutional mechanisms that ought to have helped these women's rights. Women's rights and land tenure security to the people through decentralization 111 Uganda only serves to reinforce the patriarchal notion that land belongs to men than empowering women to enjoy their rights and control the use of land. Women are willing to forego their rights to land if only the mode of ownership can secure their children's future. It also implies that this kind of access and control over land will only work if the woman had children within this relationship which obviously doesn't direct translate into the woman's land. It remains a challenge to contemporary scholarship to find out whether the absence of the wide spread demand for land by women indicates absence of their need for land. The study recommend for the effective implementation of the legal framework in order to improve the state of the women land rights
A research dissertation to be submitted to the faculty of law in partial fulfillment of the requirement of the award of a Diploma in law Of Kampala International University Uganda
Women’s land rights, Security of Tenurein, Uganda