Iruonagbe, C. T.
The Land Question And Agricultural Production Among Women In Ozalla Community, Edo State, Nigeria.
International Journal of Research in Arts and Social Sciences, 2.
Thc plight of Nigerian women in terms of their developmental
and economic opportunities is often circumscribed by gender
discrimination. They have continued to suffer the disadvantages of an unequal household division oflabour, barriers to ownership of communal land, discriminatory inheritance practices which are grounded in deep-rooted customary practices that stcm from ingrained presumptions about the role and statlls ofwomen vis-a-vis men. Using Ozalla Community, Edo State, Nigeria, this paper
examines the gender dimensions of the land question as a
principal economic resource that attracts constant disputes, with particular reference to women's right of access to land and the need for ownership of land, so as to enhance their level of food production and living standard. This is imperative, because, in this community, a woman's right to use land is pegged on her marital status. If she is abandoned, divorced or becomes widowed, she may likely loose her right to the land that has been hI. source of survival. It is a patrilineal community with a
g. (ontocratic style of mlership, which is seen as retrogressive with little room for change. A combination ofmethods was used in the study. They include survey method to generate quantitative data, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and case studies for the qualitative data.
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