Uganda: Report on how women rights are negatively impacted by land acquisition for investment

A  new report, ‘Digging Deep’, by National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Womankind, National Association for Women’s Action in Development, and the women movement documents how land acquisition for investment impacts women and their livelihoods in Uganda. It calls for calls for urgent action from corporations, including paying fair and adequate compensation for displacement and ensuring that there are grievance mechanisms that do not discriminate against women.

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8 March 2018

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Author: National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Womankind & National Association for Women’s Action in Development (Uganda)

"Digging deep: The impact of land rush on women's rights"

...[The report makes the following recommendations} for to corporate actors investing and operating in Uganda. 

• Free, prior and informed consent should be required from both women and men before any land acquisition, including purchase and lease, takes place;

• Corporate actors should formalise their commitment to human rights as mandated by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights through operational policies and practices with mechanisms for reporting, investigating and prosecuting all forms of violence against women and girls;

• All of those displaced through evictions should be resettled with access to appropriate livelihood options in accordance with their new location and environment and be fully financially compensated using a fair, transparent and documented process of calculating compensation rates;

• Women must directly receive an equal share of the compensation available and the details must be recorded.

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8 March 2018

Report on how women are impacted by land acquisition for investment

Author: National Association of Professional Environmentalists (Uganda)

"Digging Deep: New research on Women’s Resistance to Human Rights Abuses in Uganda"

Right now, in Uganda, powerful corporations, supported by the government, are digging for oil, planting large scale crops like sugar cane, and setting up new factories. They’re doing this on the land that’s lived on and used by local people to grow food to feed their families. Women do most of the growing of food and looking after animals, as they are mainly responsible for putting food on the table. Yet when it comes to decisions about the future of the land, it is men’s voices that are heard. Women and their families are being forced from their homes often violently  and losing their livelihoods to make way for big farms and oil plants.

In Uganda a powerful new movement of rural women have come together to stand up to big businesses, and ensure their voices are heard in all decisions about the future of their homes. With over 1,500 women joining the movement in its first year (and growing!), women are finding support and solidarity by coming together to protect their livelihoods. National Association of Professional Environmentalists has worked with Womankind, the National Association for Women’s Action in Development, and the women movement to document issues affecting women and their livelihoods/land in Uganda, and to make the world listen to rural women’s voices. 

Our new report ‘Digging Deep’ raises up women’s voices, and calls for urgent action from corporations, governments and the international community....

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