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Barzon Advocates Women’s Right To Own Land
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, October 18 (LINA) – The Head of Liberia’s delegation to the just-ended Rural Women Land Right Summit in Tanzania has called on the government to ensure that the right of rural women to own land is fully upheld.
Speaking upon arrival from Tanzania at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County on Monday, Madam Jesadeh G. Barzon said such land should not be taken away from them simply because they are women, because their land is their lives.
Barzon, who is also the Chairperson of the Zwedru Rural Women, explained that she and her colleague, Marie Clarke, who joined other women from across Africa in Tanzania, climbed the Mt. Kilimanjaro to make their voices heard by demanding their rights to land, investment and inheritance and the abolishment to early marriage.
She urged the Liberian government and other governments across Africa to begin giving rural women these basic rights regardless of their religious, social or political statuses and educational background, because women’s rights are human rights.
Barzon called on rural women from across the 15 counties of the country to support this cause by ensuring that their demands are accepted, stressing, “We are human beings who have rights and those rights must be protected.”
She called on the government to carry out a massive education and awareness campaign across the country aimed at informing women of their basic rights so that they can be able to demand them when necessary.
For her part, the Liberian delegate who was certificated for reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Marie Clarke, said she was proud to be a part of the fight for the rights of the women of Africa and called on her colleagues to stand up for their rights.
She urged government to convene a stakeholders conference to review the laws covering women, especially rural women, to ensure that they are self-sufficient.
Action-Aid Liberia, a non-governmental organization which works with rural women from Grand Gedeh and Gbarpolu counties, recently selected Madam Barzon of Grand Gedeh and Madam Clarke to represent Liberia at the “Women Rights Meeting” in Tanzania to discuss issues affecting rural women in Africa.
At the meeting, the women drafted a Chapter, “Demand is Very Symbolic,” in which they demanded that they be given the rights to land ownership and investments, inheritance and that early marriage of girls be abolished.