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When women have secure rights to land, they make investments to improve land and acquire better quality inputs, participate in land rental markets, and receive more income, according to a report by Land Links. The enjoyment of land rights for women and youths remains a challenge in Zambia, although the government and civil society organizations (CSOs) are continually working to address this through policy reforms, training local chiefs on gender equality, and empowerment programs for women.

Zambia has two categories of land; State land and Customary land. State land includes land in urban areas and land used for mining or nature conservation. Customary land is administered by traditional leaders. Reforms introduced by the 2016 Constitution outlaw discriminatory practices against women who wish to acquire land. For women and youth entrepreneurs, the ability to own or access land without restrictions is critical not only because land is an important factor of production, but also because ownership of land that is protected by law is vital for the security and sustainability of the businesses that women choose to engage in.

angle-left Justice for Widows and Orphans Project

The Justice for Widows and Orphans Project is a non-profit NGO based in Lusaka. The organization was established to educate widows and orphans about their basic human rights; to promote and safeguard those rights as well as to advocate legal reform. The project began operatons in 2001 and formed a network among nine NGOs and government departments. The network has established support groups in Kafue, Monze, Kabwe and Chipata. Training offered targets groups namely; widows, orphans, community leaders and government officials with its focus on inheritance rights which include land issues. In addition, the project organizes universal awareness-raising programs on television and radio; and holds workshops at community and national levels. It also documents case studies and seeks to address the consequences of HIV and AIDS through training and treatment.

Contact information

Justice for Widows and Orphans Project
P.O. Box 34777
Lusaka, Zambia
Fax: 260 01 256208
Email: jwop@zamtel.zm

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources
Mulungushi House
Independence Avenue
Ridgeway, Lusaka
Tel: +260 211 252 323
Website: http://www.mlnr.gov.zm