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  • 1. Securing tenure rights among the rural women: priorities for action and research
  • 2. Why women’s land rights?1 Women’s human rights are violated2 Women’s key role in food security and natural resource management is not recognised“If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they would increase yields on theirfarms by 20-30 percent. This could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5-4percent, which could in turn reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12-17 percent”(FAO, 2011: 5)
  • 3. Priorities and challenges in advancing women’s land rightsPriorities 1 Understanding rights: the importance of information 2 Claiming rights: the importance of monitoring and mobilisation 3 Guaranteeing rights: the importance of enabling environments and implementationChallenges 1 Cultural and social norms discriminate against women and delay/contain social change 2. Increasing threats to land security disproportionally affect women
  • 4. Priorities for action and research1 Action-research: working with CSOs and grassroots communities to build their capacity2 Monitoring gendered impacts of globalisation (i.e. land grabbing, contract farming …)3 Monitoring gendered impacts of programmes (i.e. allocation, food security, rur. dev., laws) Identifying and documenting good practices for replication and scaling-up (how to reach4 rural women; how to ensure women’s participation; how to ensure fair allocation; what works and what does not… )5 Using/assessing monitoring tools6 Keep a gender lens through-out your work (need for gender disaggregated data)
  • 5. Securing Womens Access to Land:Linking Research and Action → 3 years action research project in EA and SA (2007-2010) Implemented by the Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR) in Uganda and the → Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in South Africa) 10 small research projects (i.e. impact of legislative reforms; widow’s land rights; → establishment of watchdog groups; inheritance systems) → More than 20 partners (i.e. NGOs, grassroots women’s groups, research organisations) → 7 countries
  • 6. Securing Womens Access to Land:Linking Research and Action
  • 7. Securing Womens Access to Land:Linking Research and Action 1 Building capacity: strengthen women’s ability to monitor and analyze their contexts 2 Research & advocacy: research processes and outputs used for advocacy at various levels Mutual learning and strengthening linkages: peer-to-peer exchange with all the partners 3 and researchers, to share the knowledge and debate 4 Innovating: competition for innovative action-plans
  • 8. Recommendations for furtherresearch and action on WLR• Build partnership for strategic advocacy from national to global with women’s rights organisations (not only with land rights’)• Address gaps, such as socio-economic trends that undermine traditional and formal concepts of marriage• Look beyond access to and control over land to focus on how women can derive their livelihoods from the land and what additional resources they need to access;• Pay attention to customary land tenure systems to identify any opportunity they provide for women as they might have a more immediate positive impact on women than national level policies unlikely to be implemented.• Importance of the work of grassroots organisations at the basis of national, regional and global efforts to promote women’s land rights
  • 9. Thank you!l.miggiano@landcoalition.orgIf you want to know more on the ILC’s Women’s Land Rights Initiative,please visit www.landcoalition.org
  • 10. Thank you!l.miggiano@landcoalition.orgIf you want to know more on the ILC’s Women’s Land Rights Initiative,please visit www.landcoalition.org