Dear Friends and Supporters,

Please join us in the final week of a special campaign to shine a spotlight on women’s land rights. Join the movement and hear the stories of women around the world. Now is your opportunity to be a champion for women’s land rights.  

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Her Land Her Story Campaign was launched. For the past three weeks Her Land Her Story, launched by the Cadasta Foundation in partnership with Land Portal, Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground Campaign, Landesa, Oxfam, Resource Equity, among others.

The Her Land Her Story Campaign has been designed to raise awareness of women’s land rights and help people personally relate to the issue by featuring a real woman’s land story each day. Join the growing movement to support women’s land rights by reading and sharing the op-ed titled Strengthening Women’s Land Rights: The Neglected Lever towards Increasing Ag Production.  

All of the stories featured shed light on a different area of the world. Each woman shows a unique perspective on women’s land rights. In a previous blog post, we highlighted three stories of women impacted through the Solid Ground campaign, but encourage you to read more of the women’s stories. Here are a few snippets from additional notable stories shared this past month.

Tala Kammourieh (Story from Land Portal)

“This is an area that is so rich and has been studied in pieces under various themes but not comprehensively from a housing, land and property rights lens. Doing so would give us the opportunity to unfold many layers of our urban development and the root causes of conflict that would potentially arise over land.”

Anju (Story from Landesa)

Anju’s lessons are a revolutionary idea in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where patriarchy runs deep.

“If a woman understands the rights of her family, her own rights over land, she fights harder to get those opportunities for herself and for the betterment of her family.”

Tabia Abia Rose (Story from Oxfam)

In October 2016, Tabia joined over five hundred women from twenty-two African countries at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro and was one of 22 women to climb the highest peak in Africa to make her demands for secure land rights known to the world. The ascent took five days and 11 women made it to the mountain’s highest point – Uhuru Peak. The journey up the mountain symbolized the struggles many rural women encounter in obtaining their rights to land. The initiative was an accumulation of mobilization efforts that were conceived in 2012 by fifteen women from East and Southern Africa who met in Dar-salaam, Tanzania.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from women in the field! Please join us this Friday, April 20th from 9:30-11:00am ET for the Her Land Her Story Webinar, co-hosted by Cadasta, Land Portal, CCSI, and the UNSDSN. The webinar will highlight the critical links between securing women’s land rights and promoting sustainable development and will feature selected stories from the Her Land Her Story Campaign. Personal stories of efforts to secure and defend women’s land rights will be shared by women’s land rights advocates, and campaign partners will provide brief presentations about their work on this topic. Webinar presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with webinar participants.

We look forward to seeing you there.