Connecting Rights to Reality: A Progressive Framework of Core Legal Protections for Women’s Property Rights
- Collection Type:
- Multiple Countries
- Duvvury, N., Knox, A. and Milici, N.
Full citation: Paradza, G.G., "Differentiation of Women's Land Tenure Security in South Africa," 12 ILC WORKING PAPER (March 2011).
Full citation: UN Women. (2014). “Empowering Widows: An Overview of policies and programmes in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.”
- This paper finds that strengthening engagement with civil society in the implementation of government programs results in a more enabling environment for widows to claim services, including land rights. Focus group discussions in India and Nepal showed that widows who were a part of this collaborative effort were more articulate, confident and aware of their rights. This played an important role in helping them claim their entitlements, including land rights. In Sri Lanka, widows have been able to take advantage of government programs for capacity building and skills training due to the partnership between the government and the groups working with widows. In the process, many widows have become agents of change in their community. [Threats to Women’s Land Tenure Security and Effectiveness of Interventions - Annotated Bibliography]
Full citation: Giovarelli, R. (2009). “Gender and Land Tenure Reform,” in ONE BILLION RISING 196 (R. Prosterman, et al. eds., Leiden U. Press). - This chapter talks about specific threats to women’s land rights. They include that it may be culturally or legally impossible for women to acquire land rights through markets, inheritance, transfer or gift; that a woman’s marital status (marriage, divorce, bride price, dowry or polygamy) may create barriers to women’s land rights; that privatization or individualization of land may result in loss of non-ownership rights that women have to land (e.g., the right to use land); and that land titling programs may fail to formalize women’s rights.
[Threats to Women’s Land Tenure Security and Effectiveness of Interventions - Annotated Bibliography]
Full citation: Izumi, K., "Gender-based violence and property-grabbing in Africa: a denial of women’s liberty and security" 15(1) GENDER & DEVELOPMENT (March 2007).
Full citation: Walker, C., "Land Reform in Southern and Eastern Africa: Key Issues for strengthening Women’s Access to and Rights in Land," FAO DESKTOP STUDY REPORT (March 2002).
Full citation: Kapur, A. "Two Faces of Change: The Need for a Bi-Directional Approach to Improve Women’s Land Rights in Plural Legal Systems" 4 IDLO WORKING PAPER SERIES (Leiden University 2011).