Gender discrimination in land ownership and the alleviation of women’s poverty in Nigeria: A call for new equities.

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Ajala, T.,

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Date:

2017

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Gender, Work & Livelihoods

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English

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Ajala, T., (2017). Gender discrimination in land ownership and the alleviation of women’s poverty in Nigeria: A call for new equities. International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, 17(1), pp.51-66. 

This article considers a land redistribution reform which can address the discrimination against women in land ownership and give women access to land for economic empowerment, thereby alleviating poverty among women in Nigeria. The article proposes that an ideal land reform in Nigeria has to fulfil three key objectives of equity, equality and productivity which the article refers to as ‘new equities’. It argues that only a redistributive land reform which integrates these ‘equities’ can adequately address gender discrimination in land ownership, ensure women’s access to land for economic empowerment and alleviate women’s poverty in Nigeria.