Women’s Land Rights

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At the end of January 2016, in preparation for the celebration of International Women’s Day, the Organising Committee of the LG MSD sent out a call for inspiring practical examples of Dutch supported interventions that show how important and catalytic strengthening of land rights for women can be. The resulting publication (which can be downloaded below) comprises examples of various ways in which organisations can assist in strengthening capacity development, documentation and joint catalytic action of women in their rightful claim to improved land governance.

At the launch of the publication, it was announced that the stories of Kadaster, Oxfam Novib and Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation were considered outstanding by both the secretariat of the LG MSD Organising Committee and the Taskforce Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The three organisations were subsequently invited to organise an impactful event that will be geared towards accelerating joint action in strengthening women’s land rights. The Women’s Land Rights expert meeting, which was held from 27th to 29th November 2016 in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, was the first step of this joint effort.

The event was organised by the Gender Resource Facility, Kadaster, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oxfam Novib and the Centre for Development Innovation at Wageningen University.

You can view a short video about the event here.

You can download a report from the event here: WLR Expert Meeting Report

You can download the original booklet here: Strengthening Land Rights for Women – Inspiring Examples of Interventions Supported by the Netherlands

The purpose of the meeting was to bring together practitioners, scholars, policymakers and representatives of grassroots movements to develop strategies and outcomes that address one crucial question: how to successfully improve and scale up women’s land tenure security and land rights?

The objectives of the meeting were threefold:
– To identify the most promising experiences, ideas and strategies to scale up women’s land rights;
– To develop roadmaps reflecting the participants’ vision and proposed actions on the best ways to scale women’s land rights, and including which actors to target or call upon;
– To identify and validate what works where.

The expert meeting included group discussions for the purpose of collecting ideas and key success factors for scaling of women land rights initiatives, which were also presented during a plenary session. Common ideas and experiences were taken further to define the most promising strategies and the necessary elements needed to enhance the chances of successfully scaling women’s land rights. More information about this is available in the event report (see above).

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