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Access to and control over land for women and girls potentially contributes to a more gender-equal society and helps promote women’s economic empowerment. When women and girls effectively use and control land, they automatically are able to build their own individual and collective leadership and to meaningfully participate in various decision-making processes, including economic development and sustainability.
Women’s economic empowerment boosts productivity, increases economic diversification and income equality in addition to other positive development outcomes. Secure land rights are thus fundamental to generate the livelihoods of rural women, reduce their vulnerability to marginalization and fortify their social, economic, and political autonomy.
As the world is aiming to achieve the 2030 Agenda commitments, it is essential to underpin that women’s economic empowerment is one of the key driving factors to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Out of the 169 targets, nine are on land, and 12 out of the 240 indicators have direct relevance to gender equality and secure land tenure.
Moreover, five out of the 17 Goals make clear references to women’s land rights. Women’s movement including land rights advocates have contributed immensely to the vision of the 2030 Agenda and continued to keep these commitments alive in all ongoing development discourses. It is therefore paramount that securing women’s land tenurial rights is central to the work of the generation equality processes.
The manifestation of the existing challenges has further intensified during the Covid-19 pandemic. Women farmers are intensely feeling the economic fallout of the crisis and a high degree of economic uncertainty such as lack of capital, limited access to agricultural support services and the market has left women particularly vulnerable.
In this context, the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD) together with the International Land Coalition (ILC), Stand 4 Her Land (S4HL) Campaign, Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), and Oxfam International are organizing a parallel event at the NGO/CSW65 virtual forum to build a broader coalition on women’s land rights in order to advocate through the Generation Equality agenda.
- Enhance engagement with international mechanisms to strive for equal access to economic resources particularly land and other natural resources that contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality;
- Learn and share from different experiences for better positioning in reducing vulnerability and ensuring effective participation and decision-making of women in achieving SDGs;
- Propose recommendations to governments to ensure women’s equal access to productive resources, decent work and reduce gender-based inequality.
Meet the Panel
- Khusi Kabir, Chairperson at Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD)
- Pubudini Wickramaratne, Land Rights Policy Lead at Oxfam International
- Motlanalo Lebepe, Nkuzi Development Association
- Mino Ramaroson, Africa Regional Coordinator at Huairou Commission
- Ma. Estrella “Esther” Penunia, Secretary-General at Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
- Daniela Savid, Coordinator of Environmental Management and Gender Projects at Fundación Plurales, Argentina
- Michael Taylor, Director at International Land Coalition
Esther Muiru, Strategic Advisor for Global Women's Land Rights at International Land Coalition
Rowshan Jahan Moni, Deputy Executive Director at ALRD