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in_focus - Women and Land: Securing Rights for Better Lives

Author(s)
Debbie Budlender, Eileen Alma
Publisher(s)
IDRC
ISBN
9781552505229
e-ISBN
9781552505250

Available formats

Land is an important source of security against poverty across the developing world, but, in many places, unequal rights to land put women at a disadvantage, perpetuates poverty, and entrenches gender inequality. Surprisingly little detailed information exists on women’s relationship to land, and even less is informed by women themselves. This book aims to help fill that gap, drawing on research funded by IDRC over many years.

Multimedia:

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Case studies:

East Africa | Malawi, Cameroon | Pakistan | Colombia | Senegal

Books:

LAND TENURE, GENDER, AND GLOBALIZATION
Research and Analysis from Africa, Asia, and Latin America

GENDER, LAND, AND LIVELIHOODS IN EAST AFRICA
Through Farmers' Eyes

GENDER AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Livelihoods, Mobility and Interventions


Read the project outputs in IDRC's Digital Library

Research outputs:

Report on the Policy Symposium

Symposium Recommendations for Policy and Action

The core of the book focuses on recent findings from sub-Saharan Africa, where researchers in 14 countries explored the topic from many angles – legal, customary, political, and economic. Researchers from non-governmental organizations, academics, and grassroots activists worked together with communities on the research, exploring the experiences of women in specific contexts.

Grounded in local realities, the evidence gathered in this book aims to capture the diversity and complexity of women’s experiences. Most importantly, it provides fresh insights for policymakers and others working to secure women’s rights to land and thus strengthen the communities in which they live.

The authors

Debbie Budlender is a specialist researcher with the Community Agency for Social Enquiry, a South African non-governmental social policy research organization.
 An interview with Debbie Budlender: How does customary law affect women in South Africa?

Eileen Alma is a program officer at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, where she focuses on the political, economic, and social rights of marginalized women.

Research and funding partners

In the course of supporting this research, IDRC has collaborated with several international organizations, donor partners, and research institutions that work on land tenure issues. 







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