In a framework of economy of individual property, inheritance is one of the most common ways to access and own land, property and resources. However, women’s rights to inherit land are often mediated by an overlapping web of legal, structural, socioeconomic, and cultural factors. This paper explores the legal complexities related to inheritance of agricultural land by women in India.
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Espaço Feminista, Landesa, and Land Alliance have partnered to disseminate and support a model developed by Espaço Feminista to strengthen women’s land rights through a women-led local process that brings together communities, local government, and civil society to design, implement and monitor land-related processes and policies. Includes steps, pillars, and replication tips for Espaço Feminista’s women-led local model.
This paper explores the implications of Kenya’s land tenure situation on the Rockefeller Foundation’s Yieldwise initiative in the Kenyan mango value chain.
Where collective tenure arrangements are either being formalized or supported for the sake of securing the community’s rights to land, what steps are required to strengthen women’s land rights in the process?
The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights developed the Women’s Land Tenure Framework to assist anyone who is interested in understanding the complex issues associated with women’s land rights. In this brief, we discuss the issue of inheritance.
The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights developed the Women’s Land Tenure Framework to assist anyone who is interested in understanding the complex issues associated with women’s land rights. In this brief, we discuss the issue of land rights.
The Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights has created four new practice guides, which are practical resources for development practitioners, researchers, lawyers, advocates, and scholars to assess the situation for women’s land rights in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. A fourth guide, International Agreements and How to Build a Legal Case for Women’s Land Rights, provides insights and guidance on using international conventions (e.g. CEDAW) and regional agreements (e.g. The Banjul Charter) to build a case for women’s land rights at the national level.
With the common aim of supporting the development of a protective, pro-poor legal framework, that will empower farmers to use the law, make informed decisions about their land, and maintain secure land tenure – ultimately leading to poverty alleviation for poor, rural women and men – Namati and Landesa have teamed up to prepare this report.
In 2010, Kenya adopted a new Constitution that guarantees equal rights for women and men and recognizes the role of traditional justice actors in resolving disputes, to the extent those actors comply with the principles enshrined in the Constitution. The following year Landesa designed and piloted the USAID-supported project, Enhancing Customary Justice Systems in the Mau Forest, Kenya, also known as the Kenya Justice Project (KJP).
The primary objective of the Justice Project was to pilot an approach for improving women’s access to justice related to land rights by building the capacity of customary justice actors, particularly traditional elders, to support and enforce women’s land rights, consistent with the Constitution.