In many parts of the world, women’s rights to land and property are systematically denied. Women have fewer or less secure rights than men, and discriminatory attitudes and practices undermine them. This leaves many women vulnerable, and almost entirely dependent on the men in their lives for basic economic survival.
Dependance on men can lead to entrapment in abusive relationships, less control over sexual relations, and less ability to produce food or secure food.
This briefing paper examines where and how women’s land and property rights are protected under international human rights standards, and offers strategies to help women effectively claim and enforce them.