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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Trocaire - Odisha-Women_Caption Tribal women in Odisha. Photographer Justin Kernoghan

District-wide movement achieves recognition of community forest rights

The struggle of 125 Adivasi and Dalit families of the Doliambo village in Odisha, led to the legal recognition of their entitlement to their ancestral land and forests, denied to them since colonial times. Historically, marginalised and poor forest dependent...

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Coalitions foster citizen participation in decision making over land

While industrialisation, economic growth and climate change are increasing pressures over land tenure in Vietnam, more public attention over land disputes is helping to reduce land-based conflicts. Oxfam has facilitated the formation of two land governance...

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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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Linking national and international campaigns helps reverting land grab

In March 2011, 769 families from fourteen Q’eqchi communities were evicted from the Polochic Valley, Guatemala, to allow further expansion of sugar cane plantations. Through its international CRECE (“Grow”) campaign, Oxfam supported the national organization Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC -...

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Meeting with community members in Htein Gyi village - Photo credit Marcus Rhinelander

Empowered community reverts displacement for large dam

In 2011, a hydropower dam project threatened to displace 1797 people from 4 villages in the Anyar Phyar Village Tract in Southern Myanmar. Due to strong community organisation, research, and campaigning, the communities were able to gain the support of the government. As a result, the hydropower...

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Using the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) to assess laws and raise awareness amongst the population and ministries

In many countries around the world, land rights and tenure security are not equally distributed between men and women.  In collaboration with its partners, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) has therefore worked on the elaboration of the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC).  The GEC have now been...

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