Valentina Ángeles stands in front of the home she helped build with Habitat for Humanity in Hidalgo, Mexico. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros
Why women's land?
Around the world, land serves as a foundation for security, shelter, income and livelihoods. But rights to land are not equitably distributed to us all. This is especially true for women. In fact, women still encounter persistent barriers to their land rights – despite laws and policies that enshrine those rights – in more than half the countries in the world.
It’s time we break down those barriers.
Stronger land rights can empower women, while also increasing investments in land, spending on food and education, and improving child nutrition – lifting whole families and communities for a more equal world.
Women and girls bear the brunt of poverty; they shoulder time-consuming household duties, and live with deep discrimination and restricted rights. Women feed families, but are less than 15% of landholders worldwide.
About the Campaign
The Stand For Her Land Campaign aims to close the gap between laws and practice so that millions of women can realize land rights in their daily lives, across contexts and around the world. Because whether she lives in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, the tropical forests of Liberia or the highlands of India, every woman deserves full and equal rights to land.
Women cannot be owned as property, but land as property can be owned by women.