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Katia Araujo Director of Advocacy, Women's Land Rights

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

Growing up in Brazil, I Iearned quickly that being poor is not an innate condition, but the result of a pervasive system of denied opportunities and access to resources. My heartfelt commitment is to contribute to the transformational change of these systems and structures, where women and marginalized communities living in poverty can empower themselves and have the means to live their lives to their full potential and with dignity.


Committed to women’s land rights and the empowerment of women and communities living in poverty, at Landesa, Katia builds and manages internal and external partnerships to elevate the cause of rights to land in global advocacy arenas and policy frameworks. With 13 years of experience designing and executing social-economic justice programs with specific focus on the Global South and in over 31 countries, Katia led global strategic planning, designing and managing integrated community development projects and tools for advocacy with special emphasis on women’s rights, governance, land rights using gender justice approaches, and disaster relief integrating peer-to-peer training initiatives.  Prior to joining Landesa,  Katia led advocacy platforms in the UN fora to promote security of tenure in several policy frameworks and in particular to the empowerment of grassroots voices, including Rio+20, the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction and most recently into the New Urban Agenda.


  • MA, magna cum laude, International Affairs with concentration on Governance and Human Rights, from The New School University, New York, NY
  • BA, summa cum laude, Africana Studies & Political Science, Hunter College, City University of NY (CUNY), New York, NY


English, Spanish, Portuguese

Areas of Expertise:

  • Program development and project management
  • Evidence-based advocacy
  • Global policy and advocacy
  • Land tenure policy
  • Women’s access and rights to land
  • Gender
  • Participatory processes
  • Training and capacity building support
  • Livelihood promotion
  • Urban land policy
  • Strategic planning

International Experience:

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Ecuador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Selected Publications:

  • Global Gender and Environment Outlook: The Critical Issues, UNEP (May 2016)
  • Handling Land: Tools for Land Governance and Secure Tenure (March 2012) Publisher: UN-HABITAT Co-Publisher: GLTN, IIRR
  • Let’s guarantee women a bigger say in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, Land Policy Bulletin, Issue 5: October 2016