Lilongwe Urban Poor People Network(LUPPEN) over the weekend trained women who were drawn from various locations in the Capital Lilongwe.
Luppen coordinator, Harry Mamba, said : “Women are the most victimized group of people in as far as land ownership is concern so the only hope that we have is the land law which has currently stagnated.”
Mamba thanked Multiply, Uniting Development (MUD) Africa for funding the training.
One of the participants, Magret Chalemera commended Luppen for the training which will help women to know their rights on land issues.
Mamba urged men to register their wives or even children on their land deeds.
MUD Africa is an International NGO which advocate for womens rights on land, housing related matters.
In Africa, the NGO operates in Malawi, South Africa and Kenya.
Malawi is one of the most rapidly urbanizing countries in the world at a rate of 6.3 percent per year. That is three times the global rate and nearly twice that of the African rate.
Unfortunately, the economy lacks proportional growth and measures necessary to address and reduce poverty levels, an epidemic becoming more visible in the increasing manifestation of informal settlements.
Mutually reinforcing conditions of these settlements include poor infrastructure, water and sanitation, substandard housing with insecure tenure and a lack of basic social services.
Malawi is predominantly rural with just about 20% of its population of 14 million people living in urban areas. At the same time it is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in Africa with an annual urban growth greater than 5 %. This put a great pressure on the cities in Malawi and one of the pressing issues to handle is land.
The current land administration systems and the supply of serviced land are non-transparent and impose high transition costs. Land information need to be improved and access to land promoted by the urban poor.