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Women farmers call for implementation of gender laws to address land inheritance

By Martha Agas

The farmers called on the Plateau government to implement its law on equal opportunities between the sexes (GEOL), to combat discrimination against women in inheriting land .

Ms Jessica Vonkat, Coordinator of the Association of Rural Women in Nigeria (COWAN), Plateau branch, made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Monday in Jos.

NAN reports that Plateau is the first state in northern Nigeria to publish the GEOL in 2018, which was adopted in 2015.

She said the law protects women from all forms of discrimination in politics, economy, traditions and social issues, among others, and if implemented, it would ensure that women have better access to health. land for agriculture.

The COWAN official, however, said the establishment of a gender commission was a requirement for the implementation of the law, as it would coordinate gender issues.

“We’re supposed to have a commission to implement it, without this commission the implementation wouldn’t be easy, so we beg the government to take care of it.”

“The reason I am happy with the law is when it says that all customs and traditions that discriminate against women are null and void, which means that women can now inherit land. their parents’ house.

“This is what we have been advocating for many years, increasing agricultural land for women and, if possible, inheritance , and this bill has just answered it. Farmland is a problem, in recent years we have traveled to communities to advocate for increased farmland for women.

This is because the food consumed in Nigeria and sold in the markets comes from rural women. The rural woman who cultivates a quarter of a hectare, it is her food that is in the market, and that is why it is expensive now.

“We implore the state governor to help us. Let us implement this bill to increase our production on the farm, ”she said.

Likewise, Mrs. Mary Afan, National President of the Small Scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON) said that the most distressing challenge for women farmers in Nigeria is access to land, which contributes to food scarcity. .

“Our number one challenge is land, women have no access or control over land, even when you have access to it you cannot control it, customs and tradition have denied us that.

“Women don’t inherit land, even when you have money and want to buy, no one would sell you land as a woman on your behalf but on behalf of your husband or your son,” he said. she declared.

She said the association, along with other women’s groups, submitted in 2016 a charter asking African heads of state on the need to change the land and customary traditions that deny a woman access and control of the land and its resources. ( NOPE)

(NAN)

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