Best in Her Field: India’s Mothers and Farmers
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Women in many of the poorest regions of the world are denied equal rights to access, use, inherit, control, and own land, though they make up an estimated 43 percent of the agricultural labor force (FAO).
The challenges are two-fold.
First, laws and policies often dilute or deny women’s rights to land.
Second, even when laws enshrine such rights, legal loopholes, gaps in implementation, lax enforcement, and at times sex-discriminatory practices undercut these formal guarantees.
As a result, often women’s only claim to the land they rely on for food, income, and shelter is through their relationship to a male relative – a husband, father, or brother. They are susceptible to displacement and exploitation because they lack control over the land they depend on. That hampers women’s ability to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty and impacts the way they farm in fundamental ways.
When women have secure rights to land, women’s status improves and they are better able to take care of themselves, their families, and their land. Research demonstrates links between strengthening women’s rights to land and productive assets and women’s increased participation in household decision making. This has powerful continued ripple effects:
Given the centrality of women’s land rights to a host of development and human rights outcomes, the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights works to prioritize and integrate them in all of Landesa’s projects and initiatives. The Center also develops and implements innovative pilot projects to strengthen women’s rights to land.
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