New blogs from Shipra Deo and Tizai Mauto; Join us at Seed the Change; Stand for Her Land launches in Africa; SPEC John Kerry will speak at Landesa event.
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Land rights of women are key to break the gender bias

By Shipra Deo

Women working together to harvest wheat in a field in India.

Anwar Mondal is very happy as he shows off his new mobile phone to everyone he meets. Noor Begum, his wife, gifted the mobile phone to Anwar last month.

Earlier, Anwar worked in Mumbai as an embroidery worker, but he was not able to work for the last three years because of a spinal injury. As he lost his work, the family faced livelihood challenges. It was during this time when Noor Begum and the other eleven women of her village Self Help group discussed the idea of collectively leasing in land and cultivating vegetables. Noor Begum was enthusiastic to try.

At the time they decided to jointly lease land, neither Noor Begum nor her friends knew that this was the beginning of far-reaching changes they would help bring to their community.


Landesa's Seed the Change gala. Join us in person (March 16 at Block 41 in Seattle) or virtually (March 30 online)

Join us at the 2022 Seed the Change Gala to celebrate the impact of secure land rights in two parts: in person this Wednesday and virtually on March 30th. 

March 16th: In-person event at Block 41 in Seattle at 5:30pm 

Our in-person gala is limited to 100 guests this year to provide a safe and welcoming experience in Seattle where Landesa was founded. The program will feature a very special presentation of the Roy L. Prosterman Award, performances from artists incorporating cultural elements from some of the countries where Landesa is currently working, and a lively fundraiser to support Landesa's mission where guests truly Seed the Change. Buy tickets ->

March 30th: Virtual event at 5:30pm PDT

Our virtual experience is open to all at no cost and will let everyone celebrate Landesa's impact together in one virtual space. At this gathering there will be new live elements as well as video clips from the night at Block 41. Throughout the program guests will Seed the Change with donations, participate in a friendly virtual trivia game, and connect with members of Landesa's leadership team and other guests during our virtual reception hosted on the Remo virtual events platform. Register ->

If you have any questions about tickets, the event, or Landesa, please contact


Stand for Her Land launches new country coalitions

The group at the Close the Gender Gap event in Nairobi on International Women's Day.
The group at the Close the Gender Gap event in Nairobi on International Women's Day.

Over the last month, Landesa facilitated the launch of the Stand for Her Land campaign with coalition strategy workshops and field visits in Senegal and Uganda, and a regional and global launch event in Nairobi to amplify the start of activities across all six countries.

The launch event was accompanied by a day-long summit on women's land rights attended by over 300 participants, including delegates from international and national governing bodies, civil society organizations, grassroots women's leaders, development partners, media, and academia. 

On International Women's Day, the campaign also debuted its new short video, It's Time to Stand for Her Land:

The group at the Close the Gender Gap event on International Women's Day. Photo credit: Kenya Land Alliance on Twitter



Give land rights to youth to boost rural economies

By Tizai Mauto

Young African man bends down to put potatoes in a sack.
Photo Credit: Deborah Espinosa

Africa’s youth population is expected to double between 2015 and 2055. At the same time, the percent of the continent’s young people employed or engaged in job training is falling.

These divergent trends underscore the fact that we are simply not creating enough jobs. A large swath of the 10-12 million young people who enter sub-Saharan Africa’s labor market annually must turn to the informal sector or face unemployment and the harsh cycle of poverty.

But there is untapped potential for youth around the world to not only break the poverty cycle for themselves, but also to transform rural economies, make progress on gender equity, and reduce food insecurity. That potential lies in the land — a resource many youth are missing.

Fewer than 1 in 10 young people own land in sub-Saharan Africa (compared to 1 in 3 adults), yet land holds a prime opportunity for youth to build sustainable livelihoods.


Landesa in the news

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Pavagada solar park busts notions of renewable energy as inherently good
Mongabay interviewed Pinaki Halder, Landesa Director of Programs in India, for a story about land rights issues that have beset a solar park in Karnataka state, India.

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Laws must provide legitimacy to women’s claims on land
On International Women’s Day, the Times of India ran a piece by Shipra Deo, Landesa’s director of women’s land rights in India, about the power of land rights for women in tackling some of the significant challenges of our time: gender equality, food security and climate change.


Join Landesa at CSW66

The 66th meeting for the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), starts today and runs for the next two weeks. CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Landesa is hosting and participating in several CSW events over the next two weeks. We invite you to learn more about each event and register to join us! Here’s a selection of upcoming virtual events:

Confronting the Climate Crisis, Uprooting Gender Equality: Stand for Her Land
March 14th from 6-7:30pm ET
Panelists from Huairou Commission, Habitat for Humanity, and CINEP

Securing Women’s and Girls’ Land Rights for a Climate Just and Economically Sustainable Future.
March 16th at 9am ET
Participants from IFAD, UN Women, International Land Coalition, Landesa, UNEP, UNFCC, CGIAR Centres, and IGAD

Women, Dirt, and Data 
March 17th at 12-1:30pm ET
Participants from Landesa, Cadasta, ANMIGA, and Project Drawdown.

Women, Deeds, and Dirt
March 22 from 10:00-11:30am ET
Participants include U.S. Government officials, including Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and speakers from USAID leadership, Landesa, ALRD, WOCAN, and Mama Maji.


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