Gender-Responsive Governance & Women’s Land Rights
Emerging evidence suggests that when women hold secure rights to land, efforts to tackle climate change are more successful, and responsibilities and benefits associated with climate change response programs are more equitably distributed.
Resources on gender and land:
- Gender equality and land degradation neutrality
- Towards a gender-responsive implementation of the UNCCD
- Women Gaining Ground Call-to-Action (PDF)
Learn about the COP24 Action Hub Session: Climate Champions Linking Secure Land Rights and Climate Resiliency that took place on Tuesday December 11, 2018.
Policy Brief: Responsive Land Governance Strengthens Adaptive Capacity
Critical to the outcome of COP24 is finalizing the Implementation Guidelines and commitments within Parties’ Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs. Enshrining land governance and land tenure security policies within these frameworks is essential to providing a foundation to support women and men smallholder farmers, and indigenous and local communities across the Global South sustainably manage their lands and better adapt to the effects of climate change. Doing so is also critical for governments to effectively manage climate displacement to prevent further poverty, inequality, conflict and land degradation.
Infographics: Secure Land Rights and Climate Change
Gender Equal Land Rights Policies
- Towards a Gender-Responsive Implementation of the UNCCD (published by UN Women 2018)
- Moving Towards a Twin Agenda: Gender equality and land degradation neutrality (published by Environmental Science & Policy 2018)
- Women’s Land Rights in Customary Settings Key to Mitigation & Adaptation (w/RRI, published by Women Deliver 2017)
- Women Gaining Ground (endorsed by CGIAR, GI-ESCR, ILC, IWMI, and Namati 2017)
Adaptive Capacity & Climate Resilience
- The Hungry Caravan (Foreign Policy 2018)
- Food Security and Climate Resiliency Require Land Rights Reform (Skoll Foundation 2018)
- Combatting land degradation must begin and end with local communities (w/The Nature Conservancy, published by Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Place 2018)
- Land Rights Key to Adaptation Strategies for Smallholder Farmers (Devex 2018)