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Join the Debate on How to Achieve Women’s Land Rights by Any Means
||From 25 January to 5 February, the Land Portal Foundation will be
holding a debate on the Global Land Tool
Network’s Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), which were created to
assess the effectiveness of land tools in supporting women’s land
rights. The discussion will focus on
sharing best practices and lessons learned for supporting
women’s land rights.
These tools have been tested by numerous organizations working to make
the lives of women better.
Espaço Feminista in Brazil is organizing women across social
movements to fight the very origins of gender and racial inequality. The
Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation in Ghana supports young girls and
women suffering from injustice due to cultural practices and to empower
poor women in rural communities.
Lumanti in Nepal is dedicated to securing shelter of the urban poor
and marginalized people and improving their quality of life. The
Uganda Land Alliance promotes people
centered land governance that recognizes and protects the rights of the
poor and vulnerable through advocacy for fair land laws, policies and
empowering rights holders for sustainable livelihoods.
These are just a few of the organizations that are using the Gender
Evaluation Criteria to make sure their efforts towards achieving women’s
land rights are effective. This debate will highlight their experiences
in using this tool.
The debate aims to gather lessons learned and best practices on how the
Gender Evaluation Criteria have been used to support women’s land
rights, but will also explore the effectiveness of similar tools used by
other organizations and communities./p>
We are inviting debate participants to answer the following questions:
- Why did you decide to
use GEC to promote women’s land rights in your community? Was it
successful and why? What challenges did you face in using this tool?
What were the positive and negative outcomes? Please share a personal
story of your experiences.
- What other tools have
you used to promote women’s land rights? What were the positive and
negative outcomes of these tools? Have you combined different tools in
the same project or activity? If so please share a story about this
- If you have used GEC
and other tools to promote women’s land rights could you make a
comparison between these different tools in terms of replicability,
effectiveness, and issues that you can tackle using the different tools
and different results and challenges?
- How can we bring
women’s land rights to the next level? What is the role of evaluation
tools in doing this?
- If you have not used
the GEC before, based on the experiences shared through this online
discussion, do you think your activities would benefit of its use? If so
how? Would you be interested in learning more about GEC and other tools
to promote WLRs?
- If you are aware of
other effective tools to promote women’s land rights that have not been
mentioned in this discussion (and you used them) please share your
If you are a stakeholder on land governance issues and care about
improving women’s land rights, now is the time to bring your voice to
How Can I Participate?
The debate will take place
on the Land Portal in English, French and Spanish from January 25 to
If you are already registered on the Land Portal, you will need to sign
in to post comments. If you do not yet have an account on the Land
Portal, please create
your account now. Everyone working on land issues can benefit from
being part of the Land Portal community!
The discussion is being held simultaneously on the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development’s
Join the Debate!
18 January 2016