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.
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