Habitat for Humanity International is pleased to submit a statement on behalf of its Solid Ground campaign and the 17 partner organizations and 34 national networks implementing the campaign. Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-governmental organization with ECO-SOC consultative status, working in over 70 countries through national organizations, affiliates and local community partners. Its vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. During the past 40 years, Habitat for Humanity has partnered with low-income households around the world, improving the housing conditions of nearly 7 million low-income people.
Globally, 75 percent of people lack proper documentation for the land on which they live. It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in cities around the world – the majority of whom are women – lack secure land rights. With security of tenure, people are more likely to invest in their homes, their families, and their communities. Control over land is a means of economic and social empowerment for women. Land rights are particularly important for building resilience and recovering from a conflict or disaster.