Women’s Land Rights in Zambia

Policy Provisions, Legal Framework and Constraints

Authored by: Henry Machina

Categories: Human Rights, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Economic Participation, Human Development, Political Transitions
Country: Zambia
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2002
Citation: Machina, Henry. Women’s Land Rights in Zambia: Policy Provisions, Legal Framework and Constraints. Harare: Zambia National Land Alliance, 2002.

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Executive Summary

This paper regards women’s rights to land from the view that women must access land for use at any time they want it. Access to land provides access to both individual and family socio-economic development. It is the most fundamental resource in any society and is the basis for survival for all human beings. Land also provides the safety net for families in times of crisis; i.e. financial or political. From that point of view, it considers land as a right to women because land is the basis of life, and because “Land is Life”.