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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Peruvian indigenous women defend their land rights and become community leaders

SER Association promoted changes in 25 community statutes to formally include women in decision-making processes. It also developed women´s capacities to improve their effectiveness in their new roles as community leaders. Nowadays, 20 women in the Andean regions of Ayacucho and Puno have joined...

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CODECA

Defenders of land and territories in Guatemala resist intimidation, assaults and arbitrary detentions

CODECA staff and members confronted repercussions after the publication of a report stating human rights violations by powerful landowners in Guatemala. Repercussions included 40 arrests, 117 acts of aggression, 2 dead people and a discredit and defamation media campaign. Despite this, CODECA...

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Advocacy before the CEDAW Committee for positioning rural women's land rights

In order to bring attention to the situation of rural women rights and access to land in the Argentinean region of El Chaco, various civil society organizations worked together to elaborate an alternative report. It was later presented, in 2016, at the 65th session of the UN...

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Inter-agency task force for sustainable development of cross-border territories

Diverse institutions from different levels and organizational sectors with presence at the cross-border Trifinio region uniting the countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have coordinated and unified efforts in order to guide comprehensive and sustainable development. The...

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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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Productive diversification and organization in Weenhayek communities

Climate change is one of the main factors causing dramatic scarcity of aquatic life in the Pilcomayo river basin. The Weenhayek communities of Villamontes started vegetable gardens in plots suffering from limited productivity, insufficient access to water and extreme...

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