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Women decry land rights and issue charter of demands at the peak of Ulonzo Hills in Mutitu, Kenya

On July 22, 2016 the women of Ngaaie and Mui basin took upon themselves to declare their demands to the county duty bearers and gave a charter of demands to the County Government. In the charter read out by their representative at the top of Ulonzo Hills, the women highlighted their plight in the mining miasma, and called upon the County Government to attend to their collective demands well broken-down in the charter document.

The women have called upon the government to enforce the law that gives them the right to own and inherit property as stipulated the constitution, insisting that their voice in decision making must be sought in matters that touch on land.

They argued that women bear a disproportionate burden of the costs of mining thus effective mechanisms before, during and after mining must be renegotiated.

The women called for a restitution to correct historical wrongs that affect their environmental, social and cultural rights on land, people and nature.

The women have joined a bigger Africa movement fighting for women rights on land who will join a grand ascend on Mt. Kilimanjaro later in the year to declare yet another charter on African woman rights to land.

The event was held in partnership with ActionAid, Center for Human Rights and Civic Education and Women Association of Kitui to lobby the County and National government to address the fate of the women in natural resource rich areas.

Ideally minerals are meant to bring wealth and sustainable livelihoods for the habitants but discovery of minerals in the region has surprisingly continued to pronounce doom on the people and the most affected are women and children.