07 Mar 2023
Gender, Community & Inclusion
Governance, Policy & Institutional Strengthening
Posted07 Mar 2023
This is a good day to remember that women’s land rights are human rights. Women’s land rights are not about women ‘taking land’ from men.
Instead it means that women enjoy secure access to, control over and ownership of land on an equal footing with men. Research shows that there are positive multiplier effects when women’s land rights are secure – benefits accrue not just for women’s economic empowerment, but also for food security at the household level, child malnutrition and investments in natural resource management.
LEI works with a gender lens in all our land projects. In our project in the Mekong, MRLG, for example, we engage with NGOs, academia, and the government to support inclusive law and policy reforms at the national level and are generating knowledge around the barriers women face in participating effectively in land governance. In South Asia, we are working with the World Bank and Bangladesh government to ensure that adequate gender and other social safeguards are in place in the pursuance of solar energy. Here are some pictures from our gender session at the most recent MRLG conference in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, where more than 120 participants discussed the barriers to gender equitable land rights and what can be done in the next phase of the program to support meaningful change across Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Both women in these pictures are gender champions in the Region from Cambodia and Vietnam respectively.
In spirit of reconciliation, Land Equity International acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.