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Gender Main Streaming can ease challenges - LGSA

Jos Garneo Cephas
 Some of the participants during presentation
Some of the participants during presentation

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - The Chief of Party of USAID- Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) Dr. Yohannes Gebremedhin, says gender main streaming can ease challenges in the land sector.

Dr. Gebremedhin said traditional norms and belief are among factors that affects the land sector in Liberia. Awareness on mainstreaming gender in land governance and administration can be used to promote equitable distribution of Land. He also pledged the institution’s support to strengthen the Gender Unit of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) to become robust in its operations.

Dr. Gebremedhin spoke Friday, December 7, 2018 at the close of a three-day working training on Gender and Customary Land Rights Recognition sponsored by USAID -LGSA in Monrovia, in the implementation of the Land Rights Law.

The working training brought together participants of four partners’ institutions, including Mpard, Sustainable Development Institution (SDI), Development Education Network-Liberia,Foundation for Community Initiatives (FCI) and PARLEY Liberia and the Liberia Land Authority.

He called on participants to ensure that women, and youth are not denied land as it will not augur well for their country.

For his part, the Chairman of the LLA, Dr. Othello Brandy, said the LLA is focused and has a strategic implementation plan to complete the registration of Travel Certificate and Customary Land to meet the 24 months requirement.

                             Brain storming section of  facilitators during the gathering.

The Gender Advisor of the Gender Unit of the Liberia Land Authority, Musu Dorley London has the responsibility to advocate for and monitor LLA’s efforts to integrate gender in the processes and operations. Madame London is also working to support the integration of the Women’s Land Rights Taskforce within the LLA.

With a month old on the job, Madam London said while they depend on donor partners like the LGSA, they have already developed a six month work plan and looking forward to soliciting assistance in aiding government achieve their goals.

As part of her plan she is key on awareness creation to keep abreast the citizenry of the gender safeguards in the Land Rights Law and how they can work to promote the implementation of these safeguards.

Presenting the participants’ recommendations, the Program Coordinator for PARLEY Liberia, located in Bong County, Mr. Nyahn Flomo called on USAID –LGSA to create sustainable interventions for quality results.

Mr. Flomo called on the partners for the incorporation of Gender at all level and stages in their programs. He also admonished his colleagues to ensure also called practical implementation of the strategies they have been taught with regards to the f the implementation of the Land Rights Law in the pilot communities where they work.

He also noted that this is a move in the right direction as the rights of women to own land gives them economic power, changes their social status, improve their political chances and gives protection. He encouraged his colleagues to promote the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) through mediation, negotiation and arbitration, among others.

Mr. Flomo whose organization is involved in piloting customary land rights recognition in partnership with the LGSA work in the Kpatewi and Kpoyorcollie Clans in Bong County, while they also pilot in Nimba County’s Gayea and the Dadusaw Clans.

In his review of the training said as players in the field there’s a need that they compel notes at all times thus the working  training was necessary and he observed that there were few gaps  Community Bi-Law to govern the Customary  in the use and management to work on until the full implementation of the Law.

An Animator of FCI, Yessah Y. Mulbah said she works in Lofa County with seven towns to educate and create awareness among women and men to get to know their land rights.

Madam Mulbah also acknowledged that in the past women had no rights to discuss or own land but since her work in the areas, they have got to know more about Customary Land or otherwise Community Land is not own by one person but the entire community.

According to Madam Mulbah, they are advocating but it is not easy to have all the people separate their culture and tradition belief from the Customary Land.

She therefore, cautioned other communities in Talameh with such belief to change their mindset while also appealed to six other districts she currently working with in addition to Salayea.

 


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