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Zimbabwe

Policies/Institutional mechanisms enforcing or preventing women’s land rights

  • The Fast Track Land Reform Programme of 2000 (FTLRP):

    - The government programme to redistribute land lists women as a category of beneficiaries and provides for a 20 percent quota of women beneficiaries. In reality, however, the number of women who were actually allocated land was very low all over the country (15).
  • In 2003, the Presidential Land Review Commission, named the Utete Commission, examined the implementation of the fast track reform. The commission found that women have not benefited from the reform on an equal basis with men.
  • The commission recommended that land leases be registered in the names of both husband and wife; that a quota of at least 40 percent of land allocation should be made to women and that a quota of 40 percent funding should be reserved for women’s credit. In addition the commission suggested that widows should have first option to take over a lease (17).


Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography