We are collecting research that is focused on interventions and summarizing what we find, identifying legal language that can help resolve some complex and difficult policy issues raised by the research, and providing examples and analysis of project interventions that have been in some way successful.
Research is organized in different ways, to make it easy to find: by country, by the outcome of the project, and by legal issue. We currently focus on three topics, but continue to add more.
Inheritance rights for women, both wives and daughters, can be customary or statutory, and in many cases women do not inherit as much as men, either under formal law or because of custom. Interventions regarding inheritance rights therefore tend to either focus on changing the law to be more inclusive or equitable or focus on ensuring women can enforce their existing rights. Go to this topic.
Titling, Registration, and Land Certification
Land titling formalizes and documents a person’s or persons’ legal right(s) in the land. Documenting rights generally makes them more secure, but can mean those with undoc-umented interests, often women, lose their rights to the land. Interventions usually focus on ensuring women’s rights are documented, often by focusing on documenting rights to marital property in the names of both spouses. Go to this topic.
Land redistribution can occur when the state provides land to the landless, former collective farms distribute land to individual households, or people are moved from one place to another. Often a temporary document is issued, and later that temporary document can be replaced by a more permanent document, a title, that is then registered. Interventions focus on ensuring women’s names are on these documents, and in some cases by prioritizing women to receive land. Go to this topic.
We have developed and are developing important resources to help practitioners and researchers.
The Women’s Land Rights Help Desk
The WLR Help Desk is one way we share information and knowledge we have collected over the years, through answers to specific questions. Anyone can submit a question through the website, and we try to provide a response of some type within five working days of submission.
The Help Desk is not for specific legal advice for specific situations.
The Conceptual Framework on Women’s Land Rights is a paper which develops a conceptual framework around women’s land tenure security and the factors that influence it. It includes shared definitions and concepts to facilitate the aggregation of lessons from individual analyses and case studies by outlining the key elements that may be related to women’s tenure security. The Conceptual Framework is currently available in English, French, and Spanish.