Understanding Gender Relations in the Land Discourse
This study is a compilation of laws, successful community initiatives and customary practices from our members in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Nepal, who are all involved with the Women's Land Rights Commitment Based Initiative (CBI 4). It raises issues of gender and land at a crisis when a neoliberal economic model is in force, causing vast agricultural land to be diverted into development projects. The study also aims to highlight how rural women in Asia face structural barriers that deprive them of access to, control and use of land and resources. The entrenched patriarchal views of women’s land ownership and weak law enforcement have further exacerbated this situation.