Even in the absence of government efforts to formalize or recognize women’s land rights, organizations and communities can tap Cadasta’s suite of digital tools to document women’s use of and claims to land as a step toward strengthening women’s land and resource rights.
A wealth of global research makes clear that women’s land rights are critical to the success of a host of development goals including poverty alleviation, education, and conservation– not to mention women’s own economic empowerment.
Partners using Cadasta’s suite of tools have an unparalleled opportunity to document and strengthen women’s land rights, further a number of key development goals, and reinforce the ideal that women are equal partners in building a family and a community’s future.
The recommendations below are aimed at strengthening women’s land and property rights, and should be followed regardless of government laws and policies and local customs, which may or may not provide women with equal rights to inherit, manage, and own land and other resources.
Partners who move forward with documenting land and resource rights without including women in the process at every step (as outlined below) may do grave harm to individual women, their families, and their entire community by undermining women and women-headed households.
Cadasta is dedicated to strengthening women and men’s rights to land and other resources. Cadasta encourages its partners to take every opportunity to document and strengthen women’s land rights while using Cadasta’s suite of tools.
By observing the following recommendations, together we can help document, secure, and strengthen women’s land rights.