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The Stand For Her Land Campaign works to strengthen land rights for women around the world by closing the gap between law and practice and helping fulfill promises of gender equality.
Stand For Her Land is a campaign effecting real impact through collective action and advocacy within countries. It aims to drive meaningful, tangible, and lasting change on the ground.
Without land to build or maintain a home, to farm or leverage for economic gain, to inherit from a relative, and to use as her own, women’s security, prosperity and dignity remain compromised.
Not only is land vital to her rights. Research has shown that when women have secure rights to land, it is more likely that opportunities will emerge to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of women, their families, and whole communities.
Recognizing the benefits – thanks in no small part to the tireless advocacy efforts of civil society groups around the world – dozens of countries have passed new laws to strengthen women’s equal rights to land, property and inheritance. But too few women realize the benefits of these laws in practice. Instead, weak implementation, a lack of understanding and awareness, and discriminatory social norms and practices get in the way of meaningful progress, undermining women’s social and economic rights, food security, and efforts to address many other global pressing challenges including poverty alleviation, climate justice, conservation and global health.
Over the next decade, the campaign aims to empower women to realize their land rights, whatever the context, and whatever their circumstances.
We aim to empower indigenous women in Latin America to make decisions over their resources and land use. It aims to enable a Maasai pastoralist woman in northern Tanzania to have equal access and control of land. It aims to include the woman farmer living in Asia on her family’s land title. It aims to recognize the inheritance rights of widows living under customary law in countries like Liberia. And importantly, as more and more people move to cities around the world, it aims to provide women living in urban settlements around the world a safe and secure place to call home.
Sughira, 16, works at weaving silk on a loom in the historic Herat Citadel in Afghanistan. Picture by Graham Crouch / World Bank (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Claudia Jazmin and her daughter, Melody Monzón, 17, stand in the house that she helped build with Habitat for Humanity Argentina. ©Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros
Collective action is at the heart of this campaign. Stand For Her Land is an inclusive, collaborative effort among a diverse group of allies. Our community includes civil society leaders, grassroots organizations development agencies, social enterprises and innovators all working towards a shared goal. The global steering committee include Landesa (Secretariat), Global Land Tool Network Partners, Habitat for Humanity, the Huairou Commission, and the World Bank. These core partners aim to provide resources, tools, and support for national and local advocacy in focal countries, with a coalition of local and national-level actors driving change on the ground.
The country coalitions will be comprised of groups working on land rights, women’s rights and empowerment, food security, economic development, and other important issues at the intersection of women’s land rights. Country coalitions will span local grassroots organizations, national civil society organizations, international organizations with in country presence and other non-state actors, all working toward the shared goal of stronger land rights for women. It is the first advocacy campaign of its kind to merge both global and local level efforts to strengthen land rights for women from the ground up.