Mobilising grassroots women and local chiefs to advance women’s land rights in Africa

On 23rd April 2018, about 65 participants gathered together at the top floor of the Concord Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi, for the Women’s Land Rights Learning Event: agents of grassroots transformation. The well-designed hotel, with its spectacular views on the city’s high-rise buildings and a vibrant mini-slum below, proved to be a fruitful place for discussing women’s land rights in Africa. The centrality of the ‘grassroots women’ was literally visible by placing the women at the front row of the tables, neatly arranged in circles. It was especially unique that alongside the grassroots women, all sorts of local authorities were present, ranging from village chiefs to mayors and paramount chiefs. The report has been written by Selma Zijlstra, PhD Radboud University Nijmegen.

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