Gender Focal Persons from Land Sector Agencies in Ghana have resolved that they will henceforth ensure that the names of wives and spouses are jointly included in the registration of land and other land related property.
The Gender activists of the Land Sector Agencies resolved that they will to everything in their power and in line with the 1992 constitution of the country to ensure that women and the vulnerable had equal access to and ownership of land to correct the imbalances and biases against women in land matters.
The resolve came at the end of a three –day Gender Mainstreaming Workshop organized by the National Project Coordination Unit of the Second Ghana Land Administration Project (LAP-2) for over 50 Gender Focal Persons of the Land Sector and Implementing Agencies of LAP-2 at Winneba in the Central Region.
The Social Development and Gender Specialist of LAP-2, Mrs. Sarah Antwi-Boasiako addressing the participants said there was nowhere in the 1992 Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which said that women should be barred and or prevented from acquiring, registering or using land on their own.
She said the time had come for all right thinking Ghanaians to wake up to the reality that some of the cultural and customary practices of the past, which mainly militated against the welfare and rights of women, the girl child and other challenged citizens must be done away with.
In a presentation, Ms Lois Addo, a Gender Desk Officer of the Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL) said it was unfortunate that women who constituted more than 60 percent of the population and who also produced more that 60 percent of the nation’s food crops were left in the lurch when it came to the acquisition and registration of land.
Mr. Alex Oppong-Nkrumah, the Acting Eastern Regional Communication and Public Outreach Officer of the Lands Commission said the Land Administration Project under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources was bent on reversing all the negative practices against women and the vulnerable to ensure equity and fair play in the sector.
Participants for the workshop were drawn from the Lands Commission, the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, the Town and Country Planning Department, Civil Society Coalition on Land, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as well as staff of the Monitoring and Evaluation and Communication and Public Outreach Units of the Lands Commission from the Volta, Central, Greater Accra and Eastern Regions.