Addressing Gender and Tenure: Why and How by Ruth Meinzen-Dick

19 Apr 2018
The Hague, the Netherlands




TITLE: Addressing Gender and Tenure: Why and How


BY: Ruth Meinzen-Dick (Senior Research Fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute and co-leader of the CGIAR research program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) Flagship 5 on Governance of Natural Resources).


WHEN: April 19th, 16-17.30 hrs


WHERE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Rijnstraat 8, room X406



Women’s land rights and tenure security are increasingly seen as important, for reasons of gender equity, as a means to promote economic growth and development, and to reduce poverty. They are gaining prominence on the international agenda since two of the SDG indicators (5.A.1 and 1.4.2) focus on women’s land rights. This presentation will review emerging evidence which seeks to identify actions that can strengthen tenure rights of poor and marginalized people, particularly women, and communities.

A recent systematic review of the evidence of how women’s land rights contribute to poverty reduction provides the rationale for addressing strengthening women’s rights at the household and community level.  Findings from Ghana, Nigeria and Mozambique identify different sources of tenure risks for married women compared to female heads of households or men. Formalization of tenure at the household or community level does not always improve women’s tenure security.

A comparative study of forest tenure reforms in Peru, Uganda and Indonesia shows that low participation of women in rule making could also affect the ability of women and other vulnerable groups to benefit from rights granted to the collective. For both individual and collective tenure, increasing women’s awareness of rights can play an important role in improving their tenure security.


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