BUILDING EVIDENCE ON RURAL WOMEN STRUGGLES FOR LAND RIGHTS IN TANZANIA: THE QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE, RECOGNITION AND PARTICIPATION IN DECISION MAKING PROCESSES

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By Godfrey Eliseus Massay

Land is one of the terrains of struggle for most rural women in Africa because of its importance in sustaining rural livelihoods, and social-cultural and geopolitical factors that hinder women from enjoying land rights. Even when there are progressive land laws, as it is for Tanzania, women have not really enjoyed their rights. However, this has not stopped women to keep fighting for their land rights.  They have sought their own approaches by leveraging opportunities within traditional, religious, and formal systems standing for their rights. 

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