Full citation: Tsikata, D., “Securing Women’s Interests within Land Tenure Reforms: Recent Debates in Tanzania” 3(1-2) JOURNAL OF AGRARIAN CHANGE (2003).
Securing Women’s Interests within Land Tenure Reforms: Recent Debates in Tanzania
Abstract: This article is an account of the debates around the recent land tenure reforms in Tanzania. It focuses on the discourses of Government officials, academic researchers and NGO activists on the implications of the reforms for women’s interests in land and the most fruitful approaches to the issues of discriminatory customary law rules and male–dominated land management and adjudication institutions at national and village levels. The article argues that from being marginal to the debates, women’s interests became one of the most contentious issues, showing up divisions within NGO ranks and generating accusations of State co–optation and class bias.