Land titling formalizes and documents a person’s or persons’ legal right(s) in the land. In the process, a land title or similar document, such as a land certiﬁcate, is issued. When that right is recorded in an oﬃcial database, it is considered “registered.” Documenting rights generally makes them more secure. However, if more than one person has an interest in the land, and one or more people with an interest do not have those interests documented at the time of titling, then those with undocumented interests lose their rights to the land. Women’s interests in land are often not considered “rights” or are considered “secondary” and thus are not documented, leaving them more insecure.
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