I. How to Use This Guide

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This guide is intended to help users get started with conducting online and print research on topics related to women and land. Specifically, this guide will help users identify the laws and social science materials necessary for conducting a general legal review of women and land topics. Legal reviews help practitioners identify gaps in specific laws and policies and expose opportunities for policy recommendations. Each tab in this guide deals with a different aspect of the research process:

  • The Legal Research section highlights some of the main types of legal resources practitioners should be looking for in their respective jurisdictions.

  • The General Research Tips section identifies tips and resources for gathering useful materials and secondary sources (e.g. books, articles, and other non-legal materials that are important for women and land research).

  • The Customary Practices section discusses the different ways to locate articles and materials that describe different practices and customs.

  • The Common Search Terms page is a list of words that may be helpful for constructing search queries.

  • The Glossary defines some of the specific terms that are used throughout this guide.

How to Use This Guide

This guide is intended to work alongside the subject-specific Women's Land Tenure Frameworks for Analysis. Ideally, this guide will aid users in conducting desk research to gather legal and social science materials. Once users have located the relevant materials, the Women's Land Tenure Frameworks for Analysis provide subject-specific guidance for analyzing and evaluating legal materials and secondary sources.

In some cases, users can locate many of the materials that are pertinent to their research in the LandWise Database. Currently, the LandWise Database is in its early stages and the contents only cover a few jurisdictions. Our ultimate goal is to have enough materials in the database so that users can come to LandWise for the majority of their women and land research needs.  However, this field of study is constantly changing and to cover every country is impossible at this time. In light of this reality, we hope that this guide will help researchers identify the most up-to-date and relevant materials for their particular jurisdiction.


The information contained in this website is general legal information and should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to any specific factual situation. The information contained in LandWise cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction. 

This guide contains links to other resources on the Internet. Those links are provided as citations and aids to help you identify and locate other Internet resources that may be of interest, and are not intended to state or imply that we sponsor or are affiliated or associated with the persons or entities who created such site, nor are the links intended to state or imply that we are legally authorized to use any trade name, registered trademark, logo, legal or official seal, or copyrighted symbol that may be reflected in the links.

A Note About Fieldwork

In order to have a fuller understanding of the conditions under which women are living, nothing can replace in-country fieldwork. Conducting comprehensive field work requires significant time and monetary resources. 

The fieldwork process is beyond the scope of this guide. Please check back or sign up for email alerts to be notified when new LandWise resources are available.