Project Launching- THE RIGHT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS TO OWN LAND AND PROPERTY PROJECT.(CFLI-2020-0008).
The grant obtained from Her Majesty Queen of Canada through Canada Fund For Local Initiatives ( CFLI)
Njombe DC. comprises of two Divisions namely Makambako and Lupembe in which there are 12 Wards and 45 Villages. The main tribe is Bena. Patriarchy system dominate. According to 2012 census report Njombe Dc. population was 85,747 where 40,047 were Men and 45,700 women. Estimate of 2019 is 99,040 people where 46,963 are men and 52,077 are women. Women population is greater with 52.58% while men are 47.42% of the population. As shown above patriarchy system dominate due to bad customs ,norms, habits and behavior of the community. Equality between men and women on land and property ownership is not observed hence majority of the population is bulled and discriminated. It have been proven that 87% of GBV in Njombe Region originate due to land or property ownership.
Despite of women and girls in Njombe DC being very hard workers, they remain impoverished due to gender inequality on land and property ownership imposed by bad traditional customs, norms and culture of the Bena tribe. The land and property is owned by the male community in the families.
The project aims is to empower Women and girls in Njombe District obtain the right to own land and property, by using seminars in which 270 Women, 90 girls, 45 men, 45 boys and 45 Elders of any gender from the Villages will be the direct beneficiaries of the seminars, hence 495 people in total will be reached. These 495 people who will attend seminars are from protection of Women and children Committee also land Committee from 45 Villages of Njombe District Council. Most members of these two Committees in the Villages don’t have proper knowledge of Government laws and rules which favor the right of women and girls, they just handle cases using inherited practices. The seminar will empower these Committee members to impart the knowledge obtained to their Community and use it during their day to day activities when solving Community challenges.
Launching the project see the video below