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Title:Formalising land rights based on customary tenure: community delimitation and women's access to land in central Mozambique
Authors:Kaarhus, RandiISNI
Dondeyne, StefaanISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:The Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 1469-7777)
Volume:53
Issue:2
Pages:193-216
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:landownership
land law
women's rights
gender inequality
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X15000166
Abstract:The Mozambican Land Law of 1997 intends to provide flexible rules of access to land, while securing local people's customary rights, as well as equal rights for women and men. Drawing on participant observation during a 'land delimitation' process in central Mozambique, this article analyses the complex negotiation ensuing from the implementation of the Land Law in a local community. It shows how the delimitation process provided spaces for asserting 'male' roles of power and authority, while local women were increasingly marginalised in the process. By presenting oral testimonies from women in the community, the authors seek to balance the account, providing women's perspectives on the highly gendered character of interests in, access to, and exclusion from land. The analysis ends with the question: What would be required to provide a space for local women to articulate their interests in a secure access to land during the delimitation process itself? Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]