This third Whose Land? webinar will showcase gender transformative approaches on women’s land rights. Gender transformative approaches are defined by women acting as agents of change, transforming structural barriers and redefining gender norms. These approaches facilitate the participation of women in land governance decision-making processes, but require closing the land data gender gap.
In many countries around the world, women continue to be excluded from land ownership due to discriminatory patriarchal systems. Women makeup on average less than 20 percent of the world’s landholders, but there is no consistent national or global data on the full scope of women’s land rights or access to land.
This data gap on women’s land rights negatively impacts women and girls. We hear many stories in which women face deprivation of property, legal discrimination, and unequal rights to access, use, inherit, transfer, control, benefit from, and own land. Previous Land Portal webinars have addressed the lack of redress when women’s land is taken by investors, corporations, local leaders, the government, or even their family. As a result, land governance decision making is typically dominated by men.
Empowering women to occupy leadership roles and to take an active part in decision making processes in land governance has demonstrated that strides can be made towards gender justice. Increasingly, gender transformative leadership approaches to securing women’s land rights focus on supporting women to assume leadership positions in accessing, controlling, managing and owning of land and land related resources. Collective mobilization helps women to identify the common structural barriers they face.