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Her rights.

Her land.

A better future
for all.

Help make land rights a reality for
millions of women around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

 
IXMIQUILPAN, HIDALGO, MEXICO (11/03/16)- Valentina Ángeles stands in front of the home she helped build with Habitat for Humanity in Hidalgo, Mexico. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros

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 do women’s rights to land matter?

Land is the foundation for shelter, livelihood, and climate resilience. Land is fundamental for survival.

Because land is central to power and identity, control over land is fundamental to gender justice. But despite enormous recent progress to ensure women’s equal legal rights to land and housing, we are still far from achieving equality in practice.

We cannot achieve gender equality without women’s equal rights to and control over the world’s most elemental resources: land and property. Women’s land rights are fundamental human rights.

  • 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 is closing the implementation gap for women’s land rights: the gulf between the strong standards in place to protect women’s rights to land, and the realization of those rights in practice, so that millions of women can realize the transformational power of rights to land. Whether her home is a small farm in Uganda, the coastal regions of Colombia, or an informal settlement in New Delhi, India, every woman deserves firm ground to stand on.

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Women cannot be owned as property, but land as property can be owned by women.
– An Elder mediating land rights disputes on behalf of women in Kenya

What’s New

Hundreds Attend Women In Agrifood Systems Gathering

HARVEST MONEY — S4HL Uganda helped organize a conference on critical issues affecting women in agrifood systems. Participants included women in agribusiness, representatives from government ministries and departments, agencies, the private sector, financial institutions, academia, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations.

Emergence of a Change Maker: Monira Begum, paralegal of Faridpur

Watch a new video about Monira Begum and other community women and men in Bangladesh who were trained as paralegals on women’s land rights and social norms change. They now work together to support other community women who are facing land-related difficulties and access to government support systems.

Women’s Land Rights in Farming Need Further Recognition

IPS NEWS — "Land is pre-conditional to gender equality and sustainable development.” S4HL's Esther Mwaura-Muiru was quoted during the CSW68 session on Women’s Resource Rights to Advance Gender Equality, Poverty Alleviation, and Food Security in Agriculture hosted by IFAD and the Government of Canada.

S4HL is a WLR Commitment Maker

Stand for Her Land is a proud member of the Generation Equality Feminist Action for Climate Justice (FACJ) Action Coalition, where we are joined by an inspiring group of organizations working toward gender and climate justice. We’re excited to be one of the featured “55 Stories of Change” that FACJ released at UN CSW68 on Monday, March 18.

Press Release: New partnerships reinforce a growing movement for women’s land rights

New partners to Stand for Her Land Campaign including International Senior Lawyers Project, LandBridge, Land Portal, and UN Women reflect growing support for the movement for women’s rights to land with institutions from government and civil society.

Authorities Concerned about Increase in Number of Gender-based Land Conflicts

PERIL OF AFRICA — S4HL Uganda, along with partners UCOBAC and LOSCO, organized a human rights dialogue to discuss the increasing number of gender-based land conflicts in Kabale District.

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