When women have their land rights secured, the benefits are multiple. Not only is it a crucial part of ensuring gender equality, strong land rights for women help break the cycle of poverty for entire communities. Women’s land rights are also essential parts of addressing climate change, food security and global health.
Despite the importance of gender equality when it comes to owning and accessing land, sometimes laws and policies are lacking or patriarchal norms hold back local practice for women’s rights to land.
Leaders around the world have made formal commitments to promote and safeguard women’s land rights. The Stand for Her Land campaign aims to close the gap between these global commitments and local practice. It’s a campaign that is building global and local solidarity for women’s land rights.
So, what are the main objectives of Stand for Her Land, and if those objectives are realized, what would that world look like?
Dr. Monica Mhoja, Landesa Outreach Director for Africa, joined us in the Girls’ Globe Solidarity for a conversation on women’s land rights and the Stand for Her Land campaign. In this conversation with Girls’ Globe Senior Advisor, Felogene Anumo, she answers this question and shares insights into what land rights mean for women in Africa.
“If they’re going to own land, then that land should enable them to be economically powerful.”– Dr. Monica Mhoja
In this conversation, Dr. Monica Mhoja shares examples of how women in Tanzania are investing in smart agriculture and more land. She speaks about how Stand for Her Land is organizing across countries and at the grassroots level to advocate and create opportunities for change.
“Feminist solidarity is when there’s selflessness within us. It’s not about talking, it’s about doing – without leaving anyone behind.”– Dr. Monica Mhoja
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