"Women’s Access to Land In Sundanese Community (Case Of Upland Peasant Households In Kemang Village West Java, Indonesia)"

Speaker: Ms. Siti Sugiah Machfud Mugniesyah(Center for Women's Study Bogor Agricultural University)
Date:15:00-16:30, November 4 (Thu), 2004
Venue: Room 207, East Building of CSEAS

This presentation explores the access of women in Sundanese community to agricultural land based on the bilateral kinship relation in an upland village. Having the equity gender values which is called sanak, the parents treat their son and daughter as having the same status between them, and this treatment causes the gender equality where both of women and men can access on land through equally grant and inheritance system based on customary law. This brought to the three categories of land ownership in the household level, husband solely, wife solely and land that owned together (gono-gini or tepung kaya). Of 98.29 ha total land surveyed that owned by peasants households, about 51 percent is in gono-gini or tepung -kaya category, and land owned by women solely and men solely are 21 percent and 28 percent respectively. The women access to and control over the land is also recognize by external legitimized authority in the village level as documented on the Leter C.

Key words: Sundanese,  upland,  peasant household, gender, access to land.

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