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Stand Up for Women’s Land Rights; the Kilimanjaro Rural Women’s Communique

October 18th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

The rural women of Africa have spoken. They demand an end to the retoric and seek secure land rights. Between 10th and 16th October 2016, 29 of them scalled the highest mountain in Africa-Mt Kilimanjaro just to make this statment. Their return on the 15th October 2016 was a moment of jubilation by about 400 other rural women from 22 African countries who waited at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro to receive their heroines.

Collectively, the women consolidated their charter of demands on their land rights, asking the governments and other decision makers to tackle issues impeeding their enjoyment of land rights: laws, policies, frameworks, social cultural barriers, land investments, and threats to the women’ human rights defenders They also dedicated sometime to share personal stories on how inequality manifests around the control over land, and how it affects them individually.
The final charter was presented by Lovelyn Ejim Nnenna, the chairperson of the Rural Women’s Council to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, represented by Madam Ouriatou Danfaka, the Senior Policy officer in the Bureau of the Chairperson, by Madam. It was not all work. There was alot of fun too. The vocalist of the Signature Kilimanjaro solidarity song Ms Odelia, led the women in singing their anthem. The event was also graced by musicians from the continent who support the course. Zainab Sule from Nigeria, Maiko Zulu and Sister D, both from Zambia.

standupw2kilimanjaroFinally, the women converged in country groups to agree on next steps to ensure their demands are heard and implemented.
For more information please contact Grace Ananda- grace.ananda@actionaid.org

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