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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

Less than 15% of women have access to land: The cry from the heart of the National Women and Land Alliance

Azactu — The S4HL Senegal coalition was profiled for their work to create a Senegal where men and women are aware of the importance of respecting women's rights in terms of access, effective control, security and development of land resources. Senegal coalition member Ndiouck Mbaye said, “although the situations are varied, the majority of women have restricted and provisional rights.”

Land Rights: Why Women Should Own Land

Chimp Reports — Caroline Kayanja from UCOBAC and S4HL Uganda spoke at an event on gender inclusive land registration. She said, “we have invested in enacting laws and revising laws; can we also put some effort into implementing these laws to work for women?”

Wives warned against signing off land purchases as mere witnesses

The Observer — UCOBAC and the S4HL Uganda coalition organized a dialogue on women’s land rights issues and harmful cultural beliefs that perpetuate further injustices.

National Alliance of Women and Land welcomes new measures taken by the Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Livestock

DAKAR — The S4HL Senegal coalition welcomes the recent decisions taken by the new authorities to improve land management, and calls for them to account for the specific needs of vulnerable groups, particularly women and young people.

Case Study from S4HL Ethiopia: Women’s Land Rights and Land Degradation Neutrality

ETHIOPIA — Strong and equitable rights to land—and in particular women’s land rights (WLR)—are an essential foundation for efforts to address land degradation and to support sustainable land management. Using a gender equality and social inclusion lens, this case study describes Ethiopia’s acute situation regarding land degradation neutrality and unique situation regarding WLR.

Pioneering systems change: grassroots action forges gender-just pathways to accountability

Learn more about Haki Ardhi - an accessible, decentralized digital rights reporting tool that enables women in Kenya to safely report tenure rights infringements to local, community-based support actors. Near real-time data on rights violations allow these organizations to respond immediately and support women through mediation, legal aid, and advocacy.

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