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The Matrilineal Puzzle: Women's Land Rights in Mozambique- Case study: Niassa Province
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to shed light on issues related to women’s rights to access and benefit from land in matrilineal communities in rural, northern Mozambique. It portrays the environment in which organisations working with implementation of land rights operate as well as proposes conclusions on the core obstacles to their work. A qualitative study was conducted and forms the basis of the study and is complemented with previous research on this topic. Women in rural, matrilineal communities in northern Mozambique are not equal with their male counterparts and they hold a lower social position despite the alleged matrilineal structure. However, they appear to be less marginalised than women in southern, patrilineal Mozambique, which suggests that the matrilineal structure does have a positive effect on the lives of the rural women. Furthermore, this study shows that the obstacles when implementing women’s land rights can be summarised as: (i) strong patriarchal attitudes, (ii) an insufficient level of education that excludes women from decision-making and (iii) a too narrow understanding of the gender-power relations.

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2014. , 37 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 215
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, Mozambique, women’s rights, land rights, gender and development, matrilineal community
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232909OAI: diva2:750207
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2014-09-26, 16:38 (English)
Available from: 2014-09-26 Created: 2014-09-26 Last updated: 2014-09-26Bibliographically approved

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