‘Only ten per cent Indian women own land’
Despite numerous policies and amendment in Hindu Succession Act, 2005 that provides inheritance rights to the Indian women on their parental agricultural land, the law has remained a non-starter with just 10 per cent of women having been able to own land in the country.
Aimed at elevating the land rights issue of rural women, Landesa in partnership with Oxfam India organised a State level media workshop titled, ‘A land of my own at Bhubaneswar’ on January 10.
The workshop discussed about a campaign for women’s right over property and issue of recognition of women farmers in official policy and women’s inheritance rights.
“Intervention is necessary to improve the situation for women. There’s a need to recognise women as farmers and their entitlements as agricultural producers,” said Oxfam India regional manager Akshaya Kumar Biswal.
Speaking on the occasion, noted journalist Manipadma Jena highlighted the role of media in elevating the issue of women’s land rights which serve as foundation to address family’s food security and nutrition. She mentioned that land titles enable women access social security and welfare entitlements, particularly those who become de-facto household heads due to male migration, abandonment and divorce. She discussed about the importance of land rights for women who live in disaster-prone coastal areas of Odisha.
Participating in the discussion, Doordarshan Director Jayanti Rath discussed about importance of women’s land rights and women collectives’ asset management.
Landesea State director Sanjoy Patnaik elaborately discussed about the implementation of the law and the gaps and barriers to women’s access to land.
Eminent journalists and feature writers participated in the discussion to reinforce the issue of women land rights and women farmers.
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