Women’s Land Rights Network Building

What We DoWomen’s Land Rights Network Building


GOAL: Facilitate collaboration among women’s land rights practitioners from different countries to strengthen and secure legally and socially recognized land rights for women.

Transformative change requires movement building. This is possible when leaders, activists, and decision makers from around the world share their experiences, learn from each other, and support one another to develop plans for action.

The Women’s Land Rights Network, which grew from Landesa’s Visiting Professionals Program, consists of grassroots and civil society advocates, government officials, academics, and researchers from key land reform geographies in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Network members are committed to strengthening women’s land rights globally through informing public discourse, influencing policy & research, and ultimately ensuring that women have equal opportunity to access, own, and control land.


Landesa is strengthening ties between women's land rights champions by hosting regional convenings of Visiting Professionals Program alumni and local women's land rights practitioners.

These convenings serve as a forum for enhancing partnerships, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and incubating paths toward more secure land rights for women at local and regional levels. Practitioners from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa gather to discuss pressing issues and investigate best approaches to strengthen women’s land rights. Participants also share comparative expertise and learning, develop and launch advocacy initiatives, and leverage individual and joint efforts of the Network.


Secure land rights provide a foundation for greater social and economic empowerment, improving the lives of women and creating a ripple effect that extends to their families and communities.

And yet millions of women worldwide are denied equal rights to access, use, inherit, control, and own the land they rely on to survive. The barriers are manifold: inadequate or poorly implemented laws governing women’s land and inheritance rights; customary practices that are discriminatory and often patriarchal; lack of awareness or understanding about women’s rights; limited research and data on women’s land rights; and other gender-based social and economic obstacles.

Learn more about how Landesa prioritizes gender-responsive projects, advocacy, and initiatives across our many program areas through the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights.


There are 45 Visiting Professionals Program alumni from 8 countries.
Women’s Land Rights Network members are currently collaborating to collect and share gender-disaggregated data relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Blogs authored by the 2018 Visiting Professionals Program cohort can be found here.
The most recent convening of Women’s Land Rights Network members in Africa took place in Tanzania in October 2018. You can find some photos here.


  • Tanzania
  • Liberia
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Ghana
  • Southeast Asia
  • China
  • India

Recent Updates

Ensuring Secure Land Tenure for Women Beyond Customary Land Rights in Liberia

By Gmasonah Togba-Aboah

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The Gender Equality Leap Forward: Monitoring and Advancing Women’s Land Rights through the SDGs

By Pranab Choudhury

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Critical Issues in Collective Forestland Tenure Reform in China

By Libin Wang

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Gender-responsive inheritance laws: A missing opportunity for industrializing Tanzania’s economy

By Anna Meela

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Community Level Advocacy: Creating the space for women and youth

By Julie Weah

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Empowering women in forest governance contributes to forest conservation and poverty reduction

By Aye Chan Myae

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Empowering women entrepreneurs in India through industrial land rights

Allocating shares of industrial land for women is smart economics

By Kanta Singh

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