Strengthening Women’s Land Rights: Successful kick-off event at Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

13 Dec 2018
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague


13 December 2018 – Kick-off event: meet female land rights champions, make your work more effective and join the festive launch of a photo exhibition

Please find the report of this event here: Kick-off event Women’s Land Rights

At this event, lessons learned were discussed from successful grassroots initiatives to improve land rights for women, supported by The Netherlands. Questions during the session were: What do these lessons mean for the gender ambitions in the policy note ‘Investing in Global Prospects’? How can we apply these lessons in our work on foreign trade and development cooperation?

Women and men’s equal rights to use, access and control land are crucial for the livelihoods, including income and health, of women, men and their families, as put forward in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT).

Speakers included:

  • Ellen Matupi, Rural Women Assembly & National Smallholder Farmers Association, Malawi
  • Sostine Namanya, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Uganda
  • Snehlatha Nath, Keystone, India
  • Catherine Gatundu, ActionAid International Kenya and member GAGGA advisory board

This kick-off event served as a start for a follow-up trajectory of initiatives on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Land Governance in the coming months, as well as a preparation for face-to-face meetings with different departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2019.