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Title:Customary land ownership and gender disparity: evidence from the Wa municipality of Ghana
Authors:Kuusaana, Elias Danyi
Kidido, Joseph Kwaku
Halidu-Adam, Eniam
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Development Studies (ISSN 0855-6768)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:land tenure
gender inequality
Abstract:Many studies have drawn attention to gender inequalities in land tenure. This paper discusses a study that examined gender issues in customary land ownership in the Wa municipality in Ghana. The research reveals significant disparities between men and women regarding access to and ownership of land. Only 38% of female respondents owned land as compared to 68% of the male respondents. This was mainly attributed to the patrilineal system of inheritance. The authors suggest that the inequality in access to land is due to financial constraints and rapid urbanization as well as the high illiteracy rate among women. They make a number of recommendations for enhancing women's access and ownership of customary land in the Wa municipality and for promoting gender inclusiveness. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]