Gatsibo District has been carrying on a debate on the women’s rights about land inheritance. This debate started on the 24th -26th Sept 2013 in ARLECHINO Multipurpose Hall in Gatsibo district
Women’s rights to land have to be respected
This debate was prepared by CRAFT Rwanda an association that intends to protect women’s rights on land ownership. This association is made up of projects like RCN Justice and Democracy, HAGURUKA, RRP+, AVEGA, Nzambazamariya Veneranda Foundation and Rwanda Women Network.
Adolphe Nsabiyumva who works with RCN Justice and Democracy explained the purpose of this debate. He said the debate was to ensure sharing ideas between associations in Civil Society, local authorities and all concerned people in the promotion of human rights especially the women rights.
“Though there are laws that support women’s rights, there are still limitations based on culture and people’s relationships that limit women’s rights to land ownership” says Nsabiyumva.
Nsabiyumva goes on to explain that based on the discussions made with local people in the 4 villages of Muhura, Kiramuruzi, Murambi and Gitoki sectors in Gatsibo district, traditional cultural beliefs hinder women rights.
Apart from the cultural beliefs, women are also limited by ignorance and illiteracy that lead to lack of confidence in fighting for their rights. This leaves their husbands in charge of the family properties.
CRAFT Organization forum was officially started towards the beginning of August 2013 on the support of Rwandan Non-Governmental Organizations for the socio-economic development of the Rwandan rural women.
This forum aims at maximizing the strength of its member organsiations to advocate and promote policies and laws that will ensure the equality between men and women in owning, managing and using the land.
This program was prepared by UN Women – Fund for Gender Equality and the Embassy of Sweden in Rwanda.