Posts Tagged ‘women’s land rights’

By Caitlin Pierce


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Source:  ILC

The Learning Route on “Innovative Tools and Approaches to Secure Women’s Land Rights” was organised by the Women’s Land Rights Initiative of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and Procasur in Rwanda and Burundi in February 2014.

A Learning Route is an educational journey built around the experiences of local organisations that are supported to systematise and share their knowledge with others. The 16 participants, or ruteros, in this Route, women and men from civil society organisations (CSOs) and government programmes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, learnt from the local organisations visited, and from each other.

During a week-long programme of visits and reflection, the ruteros learnt from the Rwanda Women Network (RWN), a national humanitarian NGO dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women; the Association pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (APDH), a community-based organisation in Burundi promoting peace and human rights through education and capacity-building; and the Programme Transitoire Post-Conflit (PTRPC), an IFAD-supported government programme in Burundi focusing on legal aid and awareness raising.

Participants learnt about the potential for empowerment of women’s solidarity groups, the strategic role played by paralegals, the innovative role of mobile legal clinics in improving access to justice, and the effectiveness of legal competitions to raise the awareness of rights and the procedures of claiming them. A key lesson emerging from the Route was that awareness of rights contributes to legal empowerment, which is particularly important to women in contexts where statutory law and customs diverge on women’s inheritance rights. Another lesson was that addressing or even integrating customary norms into approaches to secure women’s land rights is crucial in contexts where access to formal justice systems is limited. Last but not least, the experience of women involved in activities demonstrated how involving women in community life, as well as in projects and programmes promoting secure land rights, can create a virtuous circle of empowerment.

The Route clearly highlighted that CSOs working at the local and national levels have an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise to share with others, but that they face capacity and resource constraints in doing so. The methodology of the Route supports organisations in making this knowledge available to the ruteros, but also to a wider audience.

For the full report, as well as additional information, including the case studies and interviews with participants, please go to: http://landportal.info/content/learning-route-innovative-tools-and-approaches-securing-womens-land-rights-rwanda-and-burund



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The ILC Asia regional facilitator participated in this regional consultation organized by UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) in Bangkok on 9-10 June. The meeting brought together key actors and experts from across the region to discuss and validate key issues and entry points on women’s access to land and property from an access to justice perspective, including to draft a common framework for future programming and action.



The ILC Secretariat had been involved in the preparation of the event, mainly by providing inputs on topics and potential participants from our network. ILC members intervened on a range of topics from Privatization and Enclosure of the Commons – CIFOR/SAINS (Indonesia), Statutory Laws and implementation – Landesa (India/Global) and Huairou Commission (Global), Corruption and Elite Capture – ALRD (Bangladesh), Indigenous Women – AIPP (Asia regional), and Common Property and Pastoral Land – MARAG (India).

Contact: Erpan Faryadi (e.faryadi@landcoalition.info)

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ILC Asia members participated in the International Federation of Surveyors’ (FIG) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-21 June. Armando Jarilla (TFM) and Dewi Kartika (KPA) attended a Training of Trainers for Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) organized by FIG, the FIG Young Surveyors Network (YSN) and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN).

STDM (1)

Ms Kartika also represented ILC Asia in two panels, on Surveying Profession and Grassroots-led initiatives (19 June) and on Improving Women’s Access to Land and Property (17 June), presenting on “Gender Justice in Land Management and Governance”STDM (2).


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As a follow-up to a similar meeting last year following the training on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) co-hosted by KPA, ILC and GLTN in Indonesia in August 2013, Ms Dewi Kartika (KPA) and Mr. Nathaniel Don Marquez represented ILC Asia at the Expert Group meeting in Pattaya Thailand 11-12 June 2014.

IMG_4346UN habitat pattaya (1)


The EGM was aimed at continuing discussions about the Regional Multi-stakeholder Consultation on Land Tenure in Asia-Pacific, which was launched in the end of last year by GLTN/UN-Habitat. The objectives of ILC’s participation int his meeting were to advocate for people-centred land governance in discussions on tenure; explore opportunities for collaboration with GLTN, and IGO participants within this framework and other; and present back to the ILC Asia unit, WLR team and Asia Desk of the ILC Secretariat on follow-up required.

UN habitat pattaya (2)


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Dhaka, Bangladesh

Leadership Institute in Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR): Phase 1, was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 23-30 March 2014. I was able to participate in this event with the support of International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR). PWESCR is an international advocacy and educational initiative in the area of women and their economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR). From its base in India, PWESCR works to promote the human rights of women, addressing women’s poverty, health standards, and right to food, education, water, land and work. PWESCR is currently focused in South Asia.

Personally, the specialized training on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (WESCR) was an important dimension to consider in my work on rights of pastoral communities to common lands and resources in Mongolia. I got a lot of fresh ideas and insights from the Dhaka Phase of the Institute. The main topics, which were addressed during the course was understanding the Social Construction of Gender and Patriarchy,  Global Social and Poverty Structural Analysis,  Women- Livelihoods  and Unpaid Work, concepts of Human Rights and UN human rights systems,  Understanding the  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), equality and nondiscrimination and  Policy frameworks for WESCR and human rights.

Some of the new ideas which are relevant to my work were related to the UN activity framework to implement ICESCR, CEDAW and other conventions, and how national governments and NGO’s, CBO’s can support for the implementation of gender equity and strengthening women’s rights by training, advocacy and NGO Shadow Reporting. There was a lot of exchange among the participants and the feminist organizations and activists of Bangladesh. I was impressed by the enthusiasm and anecdotes of many women’s right defenders in this country.

As a participant, I had also prepared an action-plan for a project  on Training and Awareness- building on recognizing Land Use rights of  four women groups in herder’s communities, which  JASIL will implement during the next 6 months period. The main objectives of our  action project are to:

  • Develop a plan for a training and awareness building
  • Implement plan on training / awareness-raising on how to enable women’s rights on land  use in four  selected communities in different ecosystems of Mongolia

 Through the implementation of this plan, I will focus how to improve and legally recognize the traditional land use rights of herder women, enable their  rights  through  equal participation in the co-management of pastureland and natural resources, decision making  at community level, and “valuing” the herder women’s unpaid work in Mongolia. JASIL will also support and conduct training of land use rights of women and men in our communities, with case study questionnaires to assess the unpaid work of rural women. I will also actively involve to the national level advocacy on women’s economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)  in this regard. Lastly,  I would like also to share my learning from this program and planning to conduct a short training session (in cooperation with some other participants of this program)   on Women’s economic, social and cultural rights (WECSR) for other ILC Asia members.


Photo: Participants of the 4th Learning Institute for PWESCR, Phase 1, Dhaka, 23 -30 March 2014

Photo: Participants of the 4th Learning Institute for PWESCR, Phase 1, Dhaka, 23 -30 March 2014




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