Land is everything. We take it for granted. Yet, it is the most important resource for women living in poverty in the developing world. Rural women rely on the land to feed their families, earn income to pay for their families' health and education, and build their homes. Land means status, it means power, and it means access to services. Yet, unlike for men, women's dependence on land is on a shaky foundation; they rarely own the land they rely on and one small change in their circumstances (widowhood, divorce) can throw their entire lives into disarray.
Land is everything... and it matters who has rights. We know that when women have rights to land they have the best chance of making their own choices about how they live their lives and support their families. Women are empowered with land rights. When women own land, it improves their status and sense of self-worth, and gives them options; their children are better fed, are healthier and are better educated. When women have land rights they make better decisions
The most enduring way to empower women with land rights is to change laws. Laws have the power to alter the way people behave and the way that systems function. Laws create space for social change.
At Resource Equity, we work on systemic change that promotes, protects, and enforces women's rights to land. We work on creating the right kind of laws so that women and men have equal rights to land, and we help make laws work for women. We work on empowering women with land rights.
We are the only globally-oriented organization in the world focusing exclusively on women's land rights. Our work, is always done with local partners and it has a lasting impact on women's lives. To continue this work we need your support. DONATE NOW by clicking the big green donate button.
Watch this space in the coming days to hear stories from women, and to learn more about our work from our partners and collaborators.