Four staff move into new positions; New explainer explores the connection between women's land rights and climate justice.
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Welcoming new program leadership

Headshots of the four new program leaders.
From left to right: Constance Teage, Godfrey Massay, Monica Mhoja, Fibian Lukalo

We are thrilled to announce four recent staff changes at Landesa:

Constance Teage moves into the role of Liberia Program Director. Constance has been a mission-driven land rights ambassador as part of our Liberia team since 2018. Constance will lead our Liberia program in cultivating impact through inclusive formalization of communities’ land rights and beyond.

Godfrey Massay moves into the role of Tanzania Program Director. Godfrey joined our team in 2017 as a Land Tenure Specialist and the first Landesa staff member in our Africa program. He holds a wealth of institutional knowledge and country experience essential for the continuity of our work in Tanzania.

Dr. Monica Mhoja moves into the new role of Outreach Director – Africa. With her skills as a strong communicator and storyteller and 25 years of experience in leadership and rights advocacy, Monica assumes this new role to position land rights as a critical lever for alleviating poverty and empowering rural women and men.

Dr. Fibian Lukalo joins us as our new Kenya Program Director. Previously serving as the Director for Research and Advocacy at the National Lands Commission of Kenya and a Lecturer at Moi University, Fibian is committed to social justice in the fields of land governance, climate crisis, gender, education, and reimagined inclusive economic development.



Women and dirt can save the world

Text: Who will save the world? Women and dirt. Confront the climate crisis, uproot gender equality. Text overlaid on image of a smiling woman in Tanzania standing on a field that has just been burned to clear way for new crops.

Land rights for women flips the script of gendered power—it challenges patriarchy at its root, by fundamentally changing women’s economic, social, and political status. And key to climate action, research shows efforts to protect biodiversity and address climate change are more successful when women have strong land rights.

Increasing rural and indigenous women’s control over land increases their decision-making ability at the household and community levels and boosts their political engagement, increasing their influence as changemakers to build climate resilience. Learn more about this connection and Landesa's gender and climate justice work in this new resource.


Landesa in the news

A group of men and women in a village in Tanzania look over a map of their community drawn and paper and in the dirt in front of them.

Photo from IPP Media

IPP Media logo

Mainstreaming gender and climate change in land use planning
IPP Media profiled Landesa’s work alongside partners to draw and implement land use plans for villages in Mufindi District, Tanzania. Landesa's Monica Mhoja explains the importance of making the process participatory and inclusive.

Inclusive Food Systems Ep 04 | Land
In this episode of Belongg’s Inclusive Food Systems podcast series, Landesa’s Shipra Deo discusses women’s land ownership and food security, patriarchal land inheritance laws, and gender-based violence against women land owners.


Program Snapshot

Landesa's Masalu Luhula, Godfrey Massay, and Khadija Mrisho smiling and working at a table together.

From left to right: Masalu Luhula, Land Tenure Specialist; Godfrey Massay, Tanzania Program Director; and Khadija Mrisho, Land Tenure Analyst.

Members of Landesa's Tanzania team go over comments on the Generation Equality Forum strategy submitted by the Sub-Committee on Women's Land Rights of the Gender Mainstreaming Macro Working Group.


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