Women from pastoral counties demand inclusion in land issues

Stakeholders ask communities to discard traditions that allow men to sell land without their wives’, children’s consent

Indigenous women from some of the 14 pastoral counties showcase bead products during the second day of the Annual Indigenous Women Conference in Isiolo on October 23, 2020. 

Photo credit: Waweru Wairimu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The main obstacle to women’s access to control and use of land in pastoralist communities is culture that only allows men, who head the households, to control and manage the resources.
  • Women asked county assemblies to ensure they (women) participate in land forums and are involved in policy formulation and decision making process.

The main obstacle to women’s access to control and use of land in pastoralist communities is culture that only allows men, who head the households, to control and manage the resources. Pastoral counties have thus, been asked to actively involve women on land issues.

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