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Women’s Legal Empowerment: lessons learned from community-based activities (Report by International Land Coalition (ILC) )



Women’s Legal Empowerment
Lessons learned from community-based activities

The International Land Coalition is pleased to announce the publication of a briefing note Women’s legal empowerment: lessons learned from community-based activities.

In 2010 and 2011, the International Land Coalition (ILC) supported five community-based projects promoting the legal empowerment of rural women. Projects piloted innovative ways to enhance women’s land rights, but also identified models for replication and scaling up. Activities included raising women’s legal awareness through grassroots mobilisation, community trainings, and consultations and the provision of paralegal services, with the aim of improving women’s ability to use legal and administrative processes and structures to gain or maintain land rights and to benefit from them.

ILC also facilitated a peer-to-peer exchange in India between SARRA and SWADHINA and a field visit and workshop in Cambodia, where lessons learned were shared with other ILC members from Asia and with Cambodian civil society organisations (CSOs) working on women’s land rights and legal empowerment. This briefing note captures lessons learned from these five projects and from the learning exchanges.

The briefing note is available in English, French and Spanish.

For more information on ILC’s work on women’s legal empowerment and detailed project briefs, please visit http://www.landcoalition.org/global-initiatives/womens-land-rights/women%E2%80%99s-legal-empowerment

Sabine Pallas
Programme Officer
Women’s Land Rights
Via Paolo di Dono 44
00142 Rome, Italy
Tel. +39 06 5459 2586



  1. Anonymous says:

    legal empowerment of women on land rights? is there any country you are aware of among developing nations that has attained this? i say so because our culture is so strong on this issue … that the land belongs to the man, it is he who decides what to do with it, lends it to the woman to till it but after selling the produce, the woman must give him the money for him to divide it out on where he feels best and the woman should not ask or even suggest

    • robkib says:

      Yes, in Uganda there policies and laws in place to protect women when it comes to land issues. Right now in Uganda, a man has not to just sell the land without consulting his wife and children. The problem is that, majority of the people especially in rural communities, dont have adequate knowledge on how to seek justice when their land or property rights are abused.
      On the other note, in Uganda, everyone whether female or male has a right if she or he can to own, sell or buy land

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