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Re-Envisioning Gender Justice in Access and Use of Land Through Traditional Institutions: A Case for Customary Tenure of Land Ownership in Acholi Sub-Region, Northern Uganda

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Abstract: This research paper explores the extent to which the use of traditional institutions in land dispute resolution creates an opportunity for the protection of women’s rights to access and use land held under customary tenure in the Acholi Sub Region, Northern Uganda. The role of traditional institutions in dispute resolutions presents weakness and challenges, but also strengths and windows of opportunity. This can be used to marry the strengths arising from traditional institutions with the middle ground attempts of the state to introduce human rights principles aimed at protecting women’s right to land. This paper recommends the utilization of the “windows of opportunity” presented by the traditional institutions, through understanding the variation of custom.

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