Women’s Land Rights

March 2006
ActionAid International Discussion Paper (for International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, March 2006)

Contains women’s rights and state-led agrarian and market based land reforms; reinstating the state; engendering customary tenure; rights of indigenous people and marginalised groups; human rights violations; HIV/AIDS; the ‘feminisation of agriculture’. Calls for a new agrarian reform agenda in which the state plays a central role, ensuring that land is established as a common public good, and that its benefits are enjoyed equitably by women and men, regardless of race, class or ethnicity. Need for open and inclusive processes, with priority given to the voices of women from excluded communities and other historically marginalised groups.