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.
Women cannot be owned as property, but land as property can be owned by women.