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Women Should Be Empowered Beyond Owing Lands

Women Should Be Empowered Beyond Owing Lands

In the agricultural sector – the major employer for poor people in Africa – assets like land and livestock are owned and controlled mainly by men. It makes sense, then, that many donors, national governments and civil society groups believe rebalancing asset and land ownership in favour of women will greatly empower women. The argument is that increasing women’s […]

There’s No Land Rights Without Women

There’s No Land Rights Without Women

Successful farming is a question of amassing and applying knowledge, adapting your approach to the ecological systems that confront you, and persevering in the face of new obstacles. For women farmers in Ghana and elsewhere in many other parts of Africa, this reality is mirrored in their struggle to secure their rights to the land […]

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

Women’s Land Rights In Rwanda Remain Vulnerable

 With tumultuous colonial occupation, civil war and genocide that led to the death of an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis in 1994, Rwandans historically endured massive displacements and human rights abuse. Thus, in the 21st century, the rectification of Rwanda’s previously untenable land governance system has become a major priority. Between 2004 and 2014, with […]

Malawi: African Women Scale Heights In Land Rights Protest

Malawi: African Women Scale Heights In Land Rights Protest

Rojaina and her children used to live in a brick house in a small village in rural Malawi. After a coal mine started operating nearby, she was told to leave her house as the land was needed for mining. Rojaina and her children were given little money to build a new home and she received […]

Paraguayans Lose Faith In Justice System That Values Land Over Law

Paraguayans Lose Faith In Justice System That Values Land Over Law

Mariano Castro strikes up a chant on the steps of Asunción’s courthouse: “Dictatorship, never again!” It’s 11 July and a controversial trial in the Paraguayan capital has just come to an end. The court ruled that three of his sons participated in a deadly ambush that killed six police officers. Two received lengthy jail terms. […]

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

The bulldozer came to Barkuta village at 10am one February morning. Nirupabai was working in the fields when her neighbours called, telling her to rush home. By the time she reached her house it had been reduced to rubble. “I cried, I screamed, trying to save it,” she says, recalling the eviction now two years […]

Obama’s Development Legacy Rings Hollow On Farmers’ Rights

Obama’s Development Legacy Rings Hollow On Farmers’ Rights

While US NGOs erupted in near-giddy applause last week, celebrating the passage through Congress of the Global Food Security Act of 2016, peasant communities in Honduras and land rights activists around the world mourned the death of environmentalist Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, whose body was found in a rubbish dump 160km west of the capital, Tegucigalpa. […]