The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Gender Strategy (2019-2030) provides a framework for designing land tenure and governance interventions around women and girls’ land and property rights. The event brought together state and non-state actors dedicated to the objectives of the strategy, which embodies the need to mainstream gender equality in sharing and allocating land as a resource for women.
Weak land policies and regulations (including religious and customary laws) often curtail women’s rights by not recognizing or denying them, and corruption can often lead to a denial of justice. Women’s land rights are human rights, and with various global trends, such as climate change, land-based conflicts, and food insecurity, further eroding women’s access and rights to land.
Securing land tenue for women is a step in the right direction towards reducing the historic marginalization of women by helping to eradicate poverty, and reduce income and gender inequality. The goal of GLTN’s Gender Strategy is to achieve “improved tenure security for all, with a focus on women, youth and vulnerable groups” by reviewing, prioritizing, developing, and implementing appropriate land tools that are inclusive, gender-responsive, and fit-for-purpose. The Strategy will also develop and share knowledge on relevant land related issues and will develop the capacity of key partners, such as land actors, institutions, and other agents of change.