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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 Women for Change

Women for Change (WfC) is a Lusaka-based NGO which works directly with women in the community. Women are empowered to identify their own concerns and to analyze causes and effects. This is done through role plays, songs, drama and participatory training sessions that help to illustrate the negative impact of discrimination on women and on the community. The NGO has initiated a training program for all traditional leaders in the country, covering women’s and children’s land rights and shelter.

Contact information

Women for Change
Plot 1801 Nchenja Road
P. O. Box 33102
Lusaka, Zambia
Tel: +260 953529951
Email: wfc@zamnet.zm
Website: http://www.wfc.org.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