18-19 JUNE 2019 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

RURAL WOMEN / GIRLS AND DEVELOPMENT

Women and land

Household welfare often improves when women hold land rights. They also gain bargaining power within their marriages.

Yet rural women are too often relegated to unpaid agricultural and domestic work. An array religious beliefs and social practices influence gender-differentiated land rights. The result is that women's ability to own, control, and access land is too often severely restricted.

Introducing laws that actively promote equal land rights for women, including for widows, could help them become agents of change and social progress in tandem with community leaders like tribal elders to alleviate rural poverty.