Topics: Women’s Land Rights
Gender and Land Tenure Security: Challenges and Barriers to Women’s Entitlement to Land in India
In rural India, women do a majority of the agricultural labor, yet often have no legal right or control to the land they farm. A new study conducted by Landesa India for UN Women set out to discover the barriers to women’s land rights. A report based on these findings provides recommendations to address these challenges. | Download Full Report (PDF)
Developing a National Land Policy in Uganda: A Learning Process
This paper details and assesses National Land Policy development process in Uganda, and in so doing, examines its potential to be the source of lessons for other countries developing politically sensitive policy reforms. The paper describes the background to the National Land Policy in Uganda, the policy development process, and a few illustrative pragmatic lessons learned in the process, citing examples from the text. | Download PDF (160KB)
Securing Land Rights for Women through Institutional and Policy Reforms
This paper analyzes barriers to distribution of homestead land to rural women in India, a pilot program between the government and Landesa to address some of those barriers, and policy recommendations improve implementation of land distribution. This report was written by Sanjoy Patnaik, Landesa Odisha State director; and Sarita Pradhan, Landesa gender specialist. This paper was prepared for presentation at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in April 2013. | Download Report (PDF)
The Fog of Entitlement: Women and Land in India
Based on quantitative insights gained from interviews of 504 women in 19 villages, in two states of India, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar (Landesa & UN Women, 2012), this paper explores the structure of constraints to women’s rights to land. This paper was prepared for presentation at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in April 2013. Download Report (PDF)
Spotlight on Gender: Ensuring Poor Women Benefit from Forestland Reform in China
“Spotlight on Gender: Ensuring Poor Women Benefit from Forestland Reform in China,” is a paper written by Xiaobei Wang, China Gender Specialist for the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. The paper is part of the publication called The Challenges of Securing Women’s Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management, published by Rights and Resources Initiative, which includes other articles on the status of forest tenure rights and gender rights across South and Southeast Asia. The publication can be found here on the Rights and Resources website.
Indigenous women’s land rights: case studies from Africa
“Indigenous women’s land rights: case studies from Africa” is a chapter published by Minority Rights Group in their publication, State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2012. The chapter was written by Elisa Scalise, Director of the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights, and appears on page 53 of the full text, downloadable here on the Minority Rights Group website.
Making Equal Rights Real: Taking Effective Action to Overcome Global Challenges
Making Equal Rights Real is a collection of insights from leaders around the world describing effective approaches to creating greater social and economic equality. The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights’ executive director, Renée Giovarelli, and director Elisa Scalise, authored the chapter Promoting equity in economic rights: the case of gender and land rights.
Increasing Women’s Property Ownership through Rural Housing Programmes in India
A study by the The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Landesa’s partner in India, the Rural Development Institute, to examine the effectiveness of laws in the state of Karnataka in empowering women with property titles in their names. | Download PDF
Women farmers: enhancing rights and productivity
Report on a conference in Bonn, Germany, whose central themes included: women’s access to productive resources such as land, capital, and training; effects of women’s access to productive resources on child nutrition and distribution of household income; the effects of male migration on rural women’s role in production; successful approaches to grassroots organization of women in rural areas; and possible national and international actions that can be taken to enhance rural women’s rights and productivity. Report drafted by conference participant attending on behalf of Landesa (then called the Rural Development Institute). | Download PDF
Women and land in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
A study by Landesa (then called the Rural Development Institute) of legal impediments to women’s access to land in Eastern European and Central Asian (ECA) countries, and potential solutions. The report includes country-specific examples of both problematic laws and laws that attempt to address the problem; discusses legal institutions adopted by developed market economies to help ensure women’s access to land; and includes a checklist to match legal impediments to women’s access to land in the ECA with potential solutions. | Download PDF