Shared Tenure Options for Women: A Global Overview

July 2005

Provides an overview of different forms of shared tenure, whether between husband and wife, stable partners, extended families, women’s groups or communities. Analyses to what extent they are beneficial to women. Includes a preliminary examination of the impact of shared tenure on women’s effective land and housing rights, on women’s access to credit and on domestic violence. Seeks to contribute to the development of tools and strategies towards women’s security of tenure. The findings will be used as a basis for further research and analysis, particularly with regard to urban, informal shared forms of tenure.