- 1. Secure Tenure Rights
- 2. Strong Small-Scale Farming Systems
- 3. Diverse Tenure Systems
- 4. Equal land rights for women
- 5. Secure territorial rights for Indigenous Peoples
- 6. Locally-managed ecosystems
- 7. Inclusive decision-making
- 8. Transparent and accessible information
- 9. Effective actions against land grabbing
- 10. Protected land rights defenders
4. Equal land rights for women
Ensure gender justice in relation to land, taking all necessary measures to pursue both de jure and de facto equality, enhancing the ability of women to defend their land rights and take equal part in decision-making, and ensuring that control over land and the benefits that are derived thereof are equal between women and men, including the right to inherit and bequeath tenure rights.
In Cambodia, our members are working to identify and assess potential areas for advocacy and action at the national and local level, in order to ensure and protect women's land rights, in accordance with CEDAW commitment
In Indonesia, our members are working to encourage gender sensitivity amongst women and youth leaders within the agrarian reform movement
In India, our members are working on National Engagement Strategy activities, with gender being a cross-cutting issue, and are also ensuring the equal participation of both women and men at the grassroots level
In Nepal, the NES platform is coordinating with the Ministry of Land Reform and Management to develop guidelines for Joint Land Ownership (JLO) , including women's land entitlements, and are also supporting the implementation of the JLO initiative at the field level
In Madagascar, our members are using tools such as the Gender Evaluation Criteria to influence the reformulation of the country's Land Policy
In Cameroon, our members are influencing the ongoing policy reform process initiated by Cameroon's Ministry of State Property and Land Tenure so that the reformed policy results in a decrease in land rights abuses against women
In Malawi, our members are using the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) to ensure that the implementation of the country's new Land Law is gender sensitive
In South Sudan, our members are organizing discussions and raising awareness with local chiefs and leaders on the protection of women's land rights in five states across the country.
In Peru, our members are carrying out research regarding the land rights of smallholder farmers, including a review of the situation of women's access to land
In Ecuador, our members are carrying out a proposal for improving rural women’s access to land in the Pacayacu district in the Amazon region.
In Guatemala, our members are consulting the monitoring criteria of Ministry of Agriculture (MAGA) and Fondo de Tierra, as well as the gender related clauses of the VGGT in order to incorporate recommendations by rural groups, and corresponding institutions
Rural Women and Land Rights
- Empowering and strengthening political capacity among peasant, indigenous and Afro-descendant rural women to secure access to land and other natural resources
- Influencing international, regional and national organizations in favour of measures and policies which reflect needs and land rights of rural women
- Supporting access to and participation in land initiatives for rural women.
Ensuring Gender Justice: Enriching the Land Rights Now Movement
1. Recognition of feminization of agriculture and women as farmers.
2. To increase women’s access, control and ownership of public and private land and natural resources
3. To have enhanced capacity and competence on regional and global level advocacy
- Mobilising and supporting the participation of 100,000 rural women in the Kilimanjaro initiative in at least 20 countries in Africa
- Strengthening the agency and movement of rural women in claiming and defending their land and natural resource rights in Africa
- Engendering political will amongst national governments, donor and regional institutions to implement an all-inclusive African women’s charter
- Raising awareness on existing frameworks and safeguards around large scale land based investments and their application in securing legitimate tenure rights of rural women in Africa
At the global level, ILC's Women's Land Rights initiative is aimed at identifying and encouraging targeted actions to promote women's land rights both in regional collaborative and in-country activities of members. ILC's global initiative has also included liaising with and supporting regional focal organisations to hold thematic meetings and lead activities on research and training.
In the past, ILC has sponsored action-oriented research on securing women's land rights, organised online discussions including in collaboration with other partners, held side events at the CSW and AWID, supported members' shadow reporting on international human rights treaties their states are parties to, and carried out capacity-strengthening to enable ILC member organisations to use tools such as the Gender Evaluation Criteria.
In order to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and solidarity on women's land rights and gender justice, ILC has also organized Learning Routes that bring together people who share experiences but live in different parts of the world. This innovative knowledge sharing opportunity not only turns local participants into trainers that share their knowledge, but also exposes participants from other areas and countries to different realities in a process of individual and collective learning.
In coming years, ILC's global Women's Land Rights initiative will continue to facilitate member interaction, including through a global Thematic Group that provides a space for discussion and exchange. Following the signing of a gender justice charter in Africa, ILC is exploring how to support members in achieving organisational change towards gender justice. Another focus will be to provide ILC members with easily accessible tools to use to ensure their own work is sensitive to gender issues, in addition to providing technical support to members as they design new activities.