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Mar 13 2017

Join Landesa for a Panel Discussion on Women’s Land Rights at UN CSW 61


Secure Land Rights for Women:
Essential Building Block for Economic Empowerment

Friday, March 17, 2017
12:30 to 2 p.m

Church Center, 10th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York

Women in rural areas too often lack rights to the land they toil and rely on for their livelihoods, shelter, and identity. Globally, over 400 million women farm. In sub-Saharan Africa and Asia the majority of employed women work in agriculture. But as with other sectors that have been “feminized,” this has not necessarily resulted in an economic or social  boon for women.

Join us for a moderated conversation that elevates the visibility of women engaged in agriculture, farming, and other forms of land- and forest-based livelihoods—whether paid or unpaid, formal or informal. Participants will tie local and grassroots perspectives to effective global advocacy for national-level impact and recommended next steps grounded in land rights as the seed for economic and social empowerment.

Speakers Include:

  • Lucy Mulenkei, International Indigenous Women’s Forum, Indigenous Information Network, Executive Director
  • Wairimu Kanyiri, Groots Kenya, Grassroots Women’s Leader/Farmer
  • Marc Wegerif, Oxfam, Land Rights Policy Lead
  • Tamzin A Hudson, Habitat for Humanity International, Advocacy Specialist Middle East and Africa
  • Stephanie Keene, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Tenure Analyst

Moderated by Tzili Mor, Director, Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights

The discussion is co-sponsored by Huairou Commission, International Land Coalition, Oxfam, Rights and Resources Initiative, and Solid Ground.


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