Deputy Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs John Kufuna explains that some traditional practices have failed to recognise the role that access to land plays in women’s economic empowerment especially in rural areas where it is the basis for food production and income generation, as well as collateral for credit and as a means of holding savings for the future. GOVERNMENT says women are disadvantaged in terms of ownership and control over land despite their major role in food production which makes up for more than 60 percent of small scale farmers.
Deputy Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs John Kafuna said government was sad that many of these women did not have ownership and control over land due to inhibiting practices and traditions relating to land.
Mr. Kufuna explained that these practices and traditions have failed to recognise the role that access to land plays in women’s economic empowerment especially in rural areas where it is the basis for food production and income generation, as well as collateral for credit and as a means of holding savings for the future.
He pointed out that taking into consideration the challenges women faced as regards access to land, his ministry was working tirelessly to address some of the cultural practices that inhibit women’s rights to own productive resources as land.
Mr. Kafuna said “land is the basis for all forms of social and economic development and is the source of prestige, identity and a means to livelihoods especially for poor community members that live in rural and peri-urban areas.”
The Deputy Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs said this during the launch of the ‘Women’s Land Rights are Human Rights Report’ organized by Women for Change with the support of its partners at Cresta Golf View hotel in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, Women for Change vice chairperson James Chirwa said the objective of the event was to share the challenges women faced relating to ownership and control of land in rural areas as well as to outline some of the steps traditional leaders agreed to undertake to address the issue.
“Some customary practices and beliefs promote and inhibit women’s ownership and control over land; for example, in most cultures, widowed women rarely inherit land from their late husbands and their rights to joint ownership of marital property are not recognised. This belief has also trickled down to the Interstate and Succession Act which states that customary land cannot be inherited,” he added.
He explained that working with traditional leaders has helped change some of the negative practices and beliefs with regards to land ownership.
“Traditional leaders have realised the importance of allocating land to women. Traditional leaders being the custodians of customs have the authority to abolish negative practices,” Mr. Kafula explained.
ZANACO OPEN A THREE LEAD IN MTN/FAZ SUPER LEAGUE
Zanaco Football club has continued occupying first position on the MTN/FAZ Super league table after recording their third back to back victory with Real Nakonde being their latest casualties in Week 32 round of matches played between yesterday and Tuesday 24th October.
Zanaco’s Heritier Nkonko was first to find the back of the net for the bankers against Real in the 36th minute while a 69th minute second-half goal by Felix Nyaende condemned Real Nakonde to their 20th loss of the season.
Meanwhile, Second placed Green Buffaloes yesterday played to a zero zero stalemate with Lusaka Dynamos while Kitwe based Power dynamos on Tuesday managed to salvage a one all draw against their copperbelt rivals Zesco United.
And Nkana yesterday thrashed Nkwazi by two goals to zero in a thrilling match played at Nkana stadium with Striker Ronald Sate Sate Kampamba scoring in the 26th minute through a Harrison Chisala assist.
Nkana continued to search for a second goal and their efforts were rewarded as left back Dieugo Apanane's ferocious goal from a free kick in the 85th minute pushed the Kitwe based to fourth position on the table.
This means Zanaco still seat in first position with 60 points from 32 games played while Green Buffaloes trail the bankers in second place with 57 points from 32 games.
Zesco united are in third position with 56 points and two games in hand while Nkana occupy fourth position on 55 points after 32 games played.
At the bottom of the table in relegation waters is City of Lusaka seating on 20th position after recording their 24th loss of the season from 31 games, while Mufulira Wanderers, Konkola Blades and Real Nakonde occupy 17th, 18th, and 19th positions respectively.
THE FAZ/MTN SUPER LEAGUE TABLE AFTER WEEK 32 ROUND OF MATCHES
WEEK 32 FULL RESULTS
Zesco 1-1 Power Dynamos
Lumwana Radiants 0-1 Napsa Stars
Nkana 2-0 Nkwazi
Zanaco 2-0 Real Nakonde
Konkola Blades 1-2 Red Arrows
Mufulira Wanderers 0-0 Choma Eagles
Nchanga Rangers 1-0 Buildcon
Green Buffaloes 0-0 Lusaka Dynamos
City of Lusaka 0-1 Kabwe Warriors
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