On Equal Ground: Promising Practices for Realizing Women’s Rights in Collectively Held Lands

February 2021
WRI (Celine Salcedo-La Viña and Renée Giovarelli

Sustainable land governance requires that all members of a community have equal rights and say in decisions that affect their collectively held lands. Unfortunately women around the world have less land ownership and weaker land rights than men – but this can change and the WRI report shows ways how that can be done. It details case studies from communities in Cameroon, Mexico, Nepal, Indonesia and Jordan. It serves as a valuable guide to realizing more gender-equitable collective land tenure systems by showing promising approaches to securing equal tenure rights for women and the conditions that enabled these communities to do so.