Akina Mama wa Afrika in partnership with women’s movements in Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia with support from the Commonwealth Foundation sought to contribute to securing women’s land rights in the wake of large scale land acquisitions in Africa. The intervention focused on strengthening feminist and transformational leadership capacities and enhancing feminist research skills to promote documentation of women’s lived realities. In that regard, the project commissioned three feminist researches on the gendered implications of large scale land acquisitions which was led by Women’s Land Rights Movement in Malawi which is a network established in 2016 to advocate for the protection of women’s land rights, NGOCC in Zambia, and Doo Aphane an independent feminist consultant in Swaziland with the aim of promoting evidence- based advocacy to effectively influence decision makers. In August, the research was launched in the three countries of Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland coupled with dialogues with different stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Culture and Traditional Chiefs, Civil Society Representatives and Women’s Land Rights coalition members on the findings of the study.
Based on the feminist researches government and traditional leaders were ushered and pressured to address the gaps and challenges that remain in order to ensure women’s land rights are respected and enshrined in the national laws and policies . As discovered during the study, even where there are laws and policies in place that are seeking to level out imbalance and injustice between men and women, these are not enough to ensure that this is translated on the ground. Government and traditional leaders were therefore held accountable to address the issue of low participation of women in decision-making processes when it comes to land. The dialogues also brought out crucial testimonies of how women are experiencing sexual violence when they seek justice and recognition for land. Cases of how chiefs demand sexual favours in order to process the women’s requests to get their land rights guaranteed were also reported.
In Zambia where 90% of land is customary, traditional leaders were called upon to provide women with more access to land. The governments were also asked to ensure that land is more accessible to women through revision of legislations and law enforcement and to develop clear guidelines for traditional leaders to follow when allocating land for large scale investment especially to foreigners. Governments were also tasked to explain the status of victims of land evictions and therefore promised to produce a report in that regard, and prioritise girl child education as well.
In collaboration with Swaziland women’s land coalition the Swaziland Women’s Land Coalition and the Ministry of Gender pledged to develop a work plan that will address the gaps highlighted in the report. Priority will be given to the national dialogue, allocation of resources for capacity building among others. The Titling of Deeds pledged to strengthen the working relationship with CSOs and engage them during the review of the laws and policies while the Chair of the land Board committed to investigate some of the violations in relation to land eviction that was raised by one of the female victims.
Find the full report here
Akina Mama wa Afrika invites suitably qualified bidders to submit sealed bids for purposes of Pre-qualification for the following category numbers and corresponding description of supplies and services as specified below and on our website at www.akinamamawaafrika.org for the period 2018-2020.
a) Assorted Office Stationery, Toners, books and reading materials
b) Office furniture& fittings
c) Computers, Printers, Consumables and other Office equipments
d) Fire fighting equipments and accessories
e) News paper Supply
d) Supply of branded clothing
a) Accommodation and Conference facilities
b) Design and printing services
c) Air ticketing, Airlines booking, Tours and Travel
d) Cleaning, fumigation and garbage collection services
e) Motor Vehicle Hire Services
f) Phone (Intercom repair) services
g) Outside catering services
h) Information, Communication, Technology services (Web Hosting and web design and Installation of software)
i) Human resource consultancy services
j) Engraving and Branding services
k) Maintenance and repair of electrical equipment
l) Counseling services
m) Asset valuation services (computers, Printers and other assets
n) Documentation & Evidence collection services
o) Project and programme evaluation services
p) Security Services
q) Insurance Services
r) Audit Services
s) Courier Services
t) Painting, Interior decor & Landscaping Services
u) Any other Consultancy services
Suppliers who qualify for any of the above categories may apply for Pre qualification and those who will meet the criteria for prequalification will be prequalified for the categories applied for. Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) will therefore make a list of contractors who will be given quotation documents to bid for supply of goods and services under those categories as and when required by the organization.
All applicants must indicate Name and address (Postal, Physical location, Telephone contacts and email address) of the firm, and must be accompanied with the following documents:
a) Certificate of Registration /Incorporation
b) Trading License for the year 2017/2018
c) Valid Tax clearance certificate
d) VAT Registration Certificate
e) Tax identification Number (TIN No.)
f) Dully Registered powers of Attorney
g) Bankers and Audited financial statements for the last 2years
The sealed envelope must be addressed to:
The Procurement Committee
Akina Mama wa Afrika
Plot 222, Ntinda
Off Kira road
P. O. Box 24130
Kampala – Uganda
The planned procurement schedule (subject to changes) is as follows:
|Publish Bid Notice||01/10/2018|
|Bid closing date||14/12/2018|
|Bid opening date||07/01/2019|
|Evaluation Process||Within 14 working days from date of bid opening|
|Communication to selected suppliers||Within 5 working days from the date of approval of the evaluation report|
If you knew then what you know now, would you have done anything differently?
In August, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) opened up her weekly intellectual muscle building sessions to the AMwAzons - our cadre of young women feminist leaders equipped to advance justice for women rights in Africa through the African Women’s Leadership Institute. The session code-named the Knowledge Hub is part of a series long of deepening the AMwAzons knowledge and advocacy skills and will be a space of sharing ideas and acquiring skills to effectively influence key stakeholders, politicians, and policy makers around key feminist and women’s issues in Africa and the world. Integrated into this initiative is that the young women leaders will disseminate and spread the knowledge they gain.
The very first Knowledge Hub was held on August 9th with an objective to unpack the implications of the current legal and policy framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and brainstorm around key pointers on how to work and advocate towards attaining a gender sensitive and contextually viable approach to a full and just implementation of a comprehensive SRHR approach. The AMwAzons came in large numbers to deepen their knowledge as well as to sign post what critical issues to advance in the realization of women’s right to reproductive health. To anchor the discussion, AMwAzons read ‘A Feminist Critique of Legal Approaches to Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Eastern and Southern Africa: Denial and Divergence Versus Facilitation’ as featured in the Agenda journal. The group talked over the unsettling concept of criminalizing of consensual sex between two consenting adolescents and drew lessons from South Africa where the age of consent to sex is 16 years old and sex between adolescents is approved as long as one party is not more than two years older than the other.
The Center for Health Human Rights and Development’s Joy Asasira and Reproductive Health Uganda’s Doreen Kansiime were present to improve the young women’s understanding of the SRHR legal framework in Uganda. A feminist lens was employed to unpack how legislation that is supposed to protect women and girls instead ends up discriminating against them. Legislation setting 18 years as age of marriage and by extension age of consent to sex for example means sexually active underage people cannot access SRHR services because they are at risk of getting arrested.
One key takeaway and viable area for advocacy agreed upon was the need to harmonize the age of consent to sex and consent to medical treatment. Currently, it is difficult for young women and girls in Uganda and most of Africa to access SRHR services as the age of consent to sex is 18 years.