4. Igualdad en los derechos a la tierra para las mujeres

Asegurar la justicia de género en relación con la tierra, tomando todas las medidas necesarias para lograr la igualdad tanto de jure como de facto, fortaleciendo la capacidad de las mujeres para defender sus derechos a la tierra y participar en pie de igualdad en la toma de decisiones, y asegurando que el control sobre la tierra y los beneficios derivados de ello sean equitativos entre mujeres y hombres, incluyendo el derecho a heredar y legar derechos de tenencia

  • Camboya

    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

  • Indonesia

    In Indonesia, our members are working to encourage gender sensitivity amongst women and youth leaders within the agrarian reform movement

  • La India

    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

  • Nepal

    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

  • Madagascar

    In Madagascar, our members are using tools such as the Gender Evaluation Criteria to influence the reformulation of the country's Land Policy

  • Camerún

    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

  • Malaui

    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

  • Sudán du Sur

    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.

  • Perú

    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

  • Ecuador

    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.

  • Guatemala

    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

Regional Initiatives

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

Kilimanjaro Initiative

  • 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

Global Policy

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.

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