ADVOCACY FOR THE PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION OF FEMALE TRADITIONAL LEADERS IN LAND POLICY DISCUSSIONS IN GHANA
The 1992 constitution of Ghana makes Traditional Leaders in Ghana custodians of customary lands. This means that the Traditional Leaders in various communities in Ghana are responsible for the day to day decisions on land acquisition and disposal.
Under Ghana’s customary system, traditional leadership is composed of both male and female leaders as Chiefs and Queen Mothers. Unfortunately, the involvement of the Queen Mother in customary land governance is not widely accepted or practiced. Even in cases where female traditional leaders are Chiefs and not Queen Mothers, their authority is undermined by their male counterparts. The normal practice in Ghana is to see Queen Mothers involved in community governance but has limited role in the land governance in their area.
COLANDEF, in partnership with the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, is implementing a one-year project themed ‘Advocacy for the Participation and Representation of Female Traditional Leaders in Land Policy Discussions in Ghana’. The project seeks for the recognition of the role of female Traditional Leaders and their involvement in customary land governance and participation in national level land policy discussions. It is expected that under this project, there will be a stronger and structured institutional arrangement for the representation and voice of Female Traditional Leaders in Ghana while increasing their capacity in the area of national policy processes.
The project focus includes:
- Analysis and documentation of current legal status of Female Traditional Leaders in customary land governance
- Development of a road map on the legal processes required to get Female Traditional Leaders to have similar representative status in the policy space as the male Traditional Leaders in Ghana.
- Strengthening the capacity of Female Traditional Leaders to be better organized for effective engagements, representation and voice
- Advocacy for the institutionalization of the Council of Female Traditional Leaders into the public policy engagements space.