Respect, protect and strengthen the land rights of women and men living in poverty, ensuring that no one is deprived of the use and control of the land on which their well-being and human dignity depend, including through eviction, expulsion or exclusion, and with compulsory changes to tenure undertaken only in line with international law and standards on human rights.

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Incidencia ante la comisión CEDAW para posicionar los derechos a la tierra de las mujeres rurales

Con el fin de visibilizar la situación de las mujeres rurales en la región del Chaco argentino en torno a sus derechos y acceso a la tierra ante la Convención Internacional sobre la Eliminación de todas las formas de Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW) de Naciones Unidas, diversas...

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Leading case secures recognition of indigenous people’s land rights

In October 2000, Saramaka authorities presented a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights claiming that Suriname had not recognized their territorial rights by granting logging and mining concessions on their lands without consultation or their consent. The issue was addressed...

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Women shout slogans during a protest rally in Gandhinagar on 18 June 2013. The protesters, mainly farmers, were protesting against the Gujarat government’s decision to develop Mandal-Becharaji as a special investment region (SIR)

Women and youth protests revert land dispossession by the State

In September 2012, the Government of Gujarat announced the creation of the Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region (MB SIR). By covering 44 agricultural villages, the project would have caused the loss of livelihood to 60,000 people dependent on land. Two...

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Community association succeeds in securing land thirty years after dispossession

Between 1941 and 1965 communities in the Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo Province, were dispossessed of their lands. Members of the community were issued ‘trek passes’ when they refused to become labour tenants on the land they occupied. These passes were old apartheid style documents...

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Supporting women to achieve land rights in post-war Rwanda

Following the civil war, the status of many women in Rwanda was hindered as a result of poverty and the loss of men in households. Women’s ability to secure land was one of the ways in which women suffered drastic economic and social losses following the war. The Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) is...

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Vigilant civil society enforces implementation of National Land Commission

This case illustrates how non-state actors collaborated with citizens to compel the Kenyan State to appoint a Land Commission, an institution provided for by the law. The objective of a decentralised and autonomous Land Commission was to improve land governance in Kenya and increase the...

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