Land and COVID-19 webinar series May 26-28; Women's land rights featured in #Solvable campaign; Landesa in the news
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Land Rights and COVID-19 Webinar and Discussion Series

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As governments press pause on economic activities and people change their work and social behaviors to halt the spread of COVID-19, there are several hidden dimensions that can put pressure on land governance and management and threaten the land rights security of millions worldwide. The response to the pandemic has unfolded like a slow-moving natural disaster, disrupting the daily pattern of our lives and revealing stressors on our institutions. And like a natural disaster, how countries and communities prepare – both before and after a catastrophic event – can be the difference in long-term prospects for resilience and recovery.

Landesa, alongside the Land Portal and several partner organizations, is organizing a webinar and discussion series exploring the land rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing together leading experts on land, gender, housing, migration, and disaster response, the webinars will center on the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s land rights, access to housing and evictions, and patterns of migration and de-urbanization. An online discussion following the webinar series will synthesize expert discussion and seek to present practical advice and guidance for governments and communities to account for and protect land rights within their response to COVID-19.


Women’s Land Rights – 9 am ET/6 am PT on Tuesday, May 26 (Register)

Evictions and Housing – 9 am ET/6 am PT on Wednesday, May 27 (Register)

Migration and De-Urbanization – 9 am ET/6 am PT on Thursday, May 28 (Register)

The COVID-19 pandemic poses numerous questions for governments, civil society, and development organizations:

Equal Land Rights = #Solvable

Gina Alvarado in video about how land rights for women are #Solvable

In half the countries in the world, women face obstacles to land rights, leaving millions unable to unlock their full potential. But this challenge is #Solvable.

A digital awareness campaign from the Rockefeller Foundation, #Solvable gives experts a platform to discuss global issues that are solvable in the next generation. Check out Landesa Researcher Gina Alvarado's featured #Solvable video, in which she explains how improving land laws and confronting gender norms can help strengthen women’s land rights and create a more equitable world for all.


FAQs: Land and COVID-19

As a global leader in land rights, Landesa is positioned to assist our partners in government and civil society in responding to COVID-19. We’re leveraging our networks in Asia and Africa to provide resources and expertise for local partners on the front lines of this global health crisis. You can learn more about how we're responding, and read answers to frequently asked questions.



Landesa in the news

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Coronavirus seen delaying justice for Iraqi women displaced by war
Landesa’s Chief of Advocacy Jennifer Abrahamson was interviewed by Thomson Reuters Foundation on how the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating difficulties for the hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqi women who are struggling to prove their home ownership rights. (Reuters)

Times of India

‘We need to recognise women as independent individuals … Review all land laws with a gender lens’ 
The Times of India interviewed Shipra Deo, Landesa’s Director of Women’s Land Rights in India, about the current state of women’s rights to agricultural land. (Times of India)

Register for our Land & COVID-19 Webinar Series

Click each date to learn more and register.

Tuesday May 26
Women’s Housing and Land Rights
Wednesday May 27
Eviction response during and after COVID-19
Thursday May 28
Migration, Displacement, and De-urbanization

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