Govt unwilling to distribute 144,561 acres land among women

KARACHI: Society for Environmental Actions, Reconstruction and Humanitarian response (SEARCH) Pakistan has launched a campaign to press Sindh government to distribute remaining 144,561 acres of land among women farmers.

Women worldwide do not have right to land and a global campaign is ongoing to ensure such right to women which is vulnerable part of our society. Search has also expedite struggle to help provide justice to women in view of land rights.

In this connection, SEARCH as part of this campaign is organizing a media workshop on “Women Right to Land” at a local hotel in Hyderabad on 28 December 2013 at 10:00 am to raise voice against the issue.

The seminar will be attended among others by UN women, SPO head Ghulam Mustafa Baloch, ActionAid Pakistan official Shah Jehan Baloch, UN representative Asim Jalil, Sindh Development Society leader Ghaffar Malik, President Porhiyat Hari Sangat Punhal Sario, Bhandar Sangat President Taj Marri and representatives of civil society and media.

SEARCH Pakistan Executive Director Waheed Jamali told PPI that Sindh government in 2008 had announced that it would distribute 200,000 acres of land among poor farmers, particularly women peasants.

“Sindh government had distributed only 55,439 acres of land out of promised 200,000 acres, but it is now unwilling to distribute the remaining land, which is nothing but injustice,” Jamali said.

He said that women peasants, who got lands, were facing problems of encroachments and water scarcity because most of distributed lands were under encroachments of influential people, while some are located in arid areas. The Sindh government needs to remove encroachments on these lands and give women ownership rights besides ensuring water and other necessary help to irrigate these lands.

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