Medica Liberia, an international Women-led organization on Friday held a one-day advocacy dialogue on Women’s land rights with key stakeholders and partners in Greenville, Sinoe County.
According to Madam M. Clavena Sherman Coordinator, Sinoe the dialogue was meant to identify issues affecting women’s land rights, advocacy for the implementation of land rights with a focus on women’s land ownership, finding a way forward, and creating an effective action plan on addressing women’s land ownership.
Madam Sherman said to tackle the issue of women’s marginalization of owning land needs the collective effort of everyone. She attributed some hindrances to cultural and traditional norms that need to be addressed. She added that if women must stand for themselves they must know their land rights, something she said is lacking within the public.
The Medica Liberia Sinoe boss further stressed that men have a major role in promoting women’s land rights. She said men have to be supportive in addressing the issue and providing encouragement and motivation to women and don’t see themselves as head only.
Madam Sherman said her institution has a plan of reaching out to all districts in Sinoe to provide information on women land rights and making the public aware of the importance of women land ownership especially in the rural places, adding that they will be working along with partners, stakeholders and other key actors for the success of the project.
During the discussion, many participants stressed the need for education on land rights, stating that one must know their rights before they defend it, adding that there’s much information needed to be provided to rural dwellers.
The one-day event was held at the J. Dominic Being City Hall and brought together layers, civil Society groupings, the media, district representatives, women representatives among others.