We All Want Peace and Harmony
within our families and our communities, and to feel we have security for our future!
We can all take action by:
Women owning land is not common or fully accepted in many communities in Kenya. This contributes to the practice of disinheriting wives and widows leaving families devastated when husbands and fathers die, which disrupts the peace and security of the entire community.
“If we disinherit the wife or the widow, we also disinherit the family. And over time, this puts the security of our entire community at risk.”
“Not having a clear agreement on inheritance creates turmoil and fighting amongst families.”
“Many communities like ours are struggling to come to terms with the changes made to land and property rights, in particular when it comes to the ability of women to own and inherit land.”
“Traditionally, our culture has maintained that if a woman faces the death of her husband, this widow has a right to her matrimonial home. In the past this may not have meant that she owned the land—more that she had a right to work and live on the land—but at the center of this tradition was ensuring that a wife whose husband died was protected from a situation out of her control.”
“The changes in land and property rights are an effort to make this tradition formal and provide legal protections to wives and widows—to guard against those people who prey on the vulnerable to exploit them.”
Working together to support husbands and fathers in protecting their wives and children’s future through land and property ownership and inheritance. This will help to prevent conflict between husbands and wives, lead to peace of mind, family harmony and community development.
“Good fathers support the ownership of land by the women in their families."
“A loving husband will secure his family’s future by leaving his matrimonial home to his wife and children upon his death."
Elder Tom Minda
“There are alternative forms of dispute resolution available to support women, widows and children in accessing their land."
“Caring husbands will prepare a will to protect their family’s future by ensuring the wife and children have a home when he dies."
Inno Awino Dan
Teacher & Church Elder
“Caring fathers make use of good cultural practices to secure their family’s future in land ownership."
“As a father, securing my family’s future is a demonstration of responsibility, love and care for my wife and children."
“I understand the difficulties that women, especially the widows, go through in regards to claiming their land and property rights. As a widow champion, I am tasked with defending Women’s Property and Land Rights as well as pressing the fight against disinheritance."
Elder Joyce Emily Orowe
“As a Luo Elder, who serve as a symbol and enforcer of Luo community conservative cultural traditions, I am tasked to uphold an entirely new tradition; equal rights for women and girls in every aspect of their lives – from education and household decision making to communal discussions, land and property rights."
Elder Apollo Bwana
It is time to:
Are you concerned about your family’s future?
Worry no more! A Marriage License, Land Title, or a valid Will can help prevent land disputes, keep peace, and secure your family’s future.
Here are the important statistics for our cause…
% of Land Property Rights Cases in Kenya
are resolved through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
% of Land Titles
owned by women, with only another 5% owned jointly by a woman and a man.
% of Land Titles
are held by men only.