The precariousness of women in rural areas is an open secret. Despite their commitment to the agro-food sector and the essential role they play in feeding the planet, rural women have virtually no access to land resources.
According to an FAO study, in sub-Saharan Africa, women “represent 60 to 80% of the labor force employed in agricultural food production and contribute up to 70% of the labor force”. But few of them have access to land ownership.
In Senegal, the finding is even more alarming. Studies show that, in fact, “only 11% of them own the agricultural land they use, even though they represent more than half of the national population”.
An “unfair” situation which will be at the heart of the debates during the celebration, this Friday, October 15, of the International Day of Rural Women.
The National Alliance for the Promotion of Women’s Land Rights, led by Cicodev and which brings together Ajs, Oxfam, Enda Pronat, among other organizations, is leading the fight to correct this inequality. Because, according to her, “the access of rural women to land resources and other factors of production (inputs, credits, etc.) remains to this day a major concern to meet the objectives of sustainable development, given the context of responsible management of natural resources and poverty reduction ”.
Thus, in a context of debate around the employability of women and young people, this national platform for the promotion of women’s land rights, as part of the celebration of International Rural Women’s Day, invites “the State of Senegal and development partners to step up their efforts for equitable, egalitarian and transparent governance of land resources ”.
Subsequently, it requires the State of Senegal to “give effect to the recommendation of the heads of state of the African Union to allocate at least 30% of land in a documented manner to women”.