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Women Law and Power

Perspectives from Zimbabwe's Fast Track Land Reform Programme

by Makanatsa Makonese

Without adequate protection and consideration from the state, women were left out of Zimbabwe's Fast Land Reform Programme at the turn of the century. Leaving them to fight for land in a murky, convoluted system will not address women's rights to it. Giving specific ethical and legal attention to women's rights and needs is the only way to guard against land and other resources begin co-opted by the privileged and those with the requisite social, financial and political capital. 

Some commentators have argued that Zimbabwean women were better off identifying with Zimbabwean men as as blacks in taking land from the former white farmers than to concentrate on their needs as women during the FTLRP. The primary battle was to take the land from the white farmer, after which a secondary battle by women to take land from men would ensue. Twenty years after the commencement of the FTLRP, the question remains whether the secondary battle by black women to take over land from black men has started and whether there are any chances that such a battle will ever be fought and won. 

ISBN 9781779223982 | 166 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2021 | Weaver Press, Zimbabwe | Paperback

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"The author's critique of women's access to land reminds us of the huge gap between rhetoric and practice. Let us hope this book reminds us all of how much still remains to be done"

Professor Mandivamba Rukuni, Consultant, Zimbabwe

"More than twenty years after Zimbabwe initiated its fast track land reform programme, this book is a stark demonstration of the marginalisation that women continue to face in accessing and controlling land in the country".

Mrs. Anna Mutavati, Country Representative, UN Women Kenya

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