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Landesa’s Chief of Advocacy and Stand For Her Land Secretariat, Jennifer Abrahamson is quoted in this recent article published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation which explains how the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the difficulties for Iraqi women displaced by war and how crises in general have this effect in countries where women’s land rights are not well established.
Tens of millions of people across the urban-rural spectrum live without secure tenure. Experts from Habitat for Humanity International, Huairou Commission, UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network, the World Bank, and IHC Global weighed in on “Property Rights, Culture, and Context” at the World Urban Forum (WUF 10) in Abu Dhabi this February.
Despite great progress over the last few decades, we must look beyond the policy framework and strive for inclusion in terms of access to and control of land.
Louise Achieng Juma’s life changed abruptly in 2012 when her husband Yusuf was tragically killed in a car accident. Pregnant and mother to six other children between the ages of two and fifteen, Louise was left to fend for herself. Devastated by the loss, at least she had the land on which to grow crops and shelter her family. Or so she thought.
As advocates for women’s land rights, isn’t it time we support the establishment of land-rights-specific grievance mechanisms?