LANDESA, Partners End Two Day Training On Land Rights & Domestic Violence against Women In Margibi

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LANDESA, a civil society organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and social protection, the Liberia Land Authority, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia, and the Women’s Task-force has concluded a two-day intensive training on Land Rights and Violence in Kakata, Margibi County.

Hundred women from three counties including Rural Montserrado, Margibi, and Grand Bassa counties benefited from the training that is aimed at providing information on the rights of women in the Land right law and identifying barriers to women’s participation in land use, access, and control also understanding the relationship between Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and land rights.

Speaking to journalists at the Kakata City Hall on Wednesday, December 2, Gander and land training specialist at LANDESA Mrs. Constance Tetee Negbe said the training will provide information on available services for women when they are faced with land-related violence in their respective counties.

She added that the participants will serve as ambassadors to create awareness for their fellow women in their communities.

Mrs. Negbe said since the new land rights law was passed in 2018, they have realized that too much violence against women of owning properties in Liberia is on the high increase and they are educating women on their rights of owning land and other important properties in Liberia.

LANDESA land specialist stressed that women have been free to participate in Land issues in Liberia.

“The information we collect from them will go to the Liberia Land Authority so that they will make sure doing the land formalization process women don’t face the same challenges to land ownership that they do now,” she said.

Several participants expressed their disenchantment and said they have not been able to participate in land discussion neither have they been given the opportunity to own Land.

Mercy Kerkula from Rural Montserrado expressed frustration over the alleged behavior of men for not allowing them to own properties in Liberia.

She said over the years they have not been provided the opportunity by men to own properties or even place their names of properties that both parties have had after marriage.

Kerkula however praised LANDSEA and its partners for organizing the two-day training to enable them to know and put forth some of the challenges they normally farce on the land issue in Liberia.