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Dispatches From AWID 2012: Women’s Land Rights Debate Roils On | RH Reality Check

Posted date: 
Fri, 04/20/2012

The 12th Annual AWID Forum is taking place April 18-22 in Istanbul, Turkey, drawing more than 2,000 feminist and development thinkers from around the world. The theme is Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice.

In the past few years, women’s access to land has emerged as a key global development issue. As foreign investment and development in Africa and South Asia continues, and as a global food crisis looms, it has become virtually impossible to ignore the substantial role women play in farming and land management, though they consistently lack rights to land ownership. A panel at AWID today, "Gender-Responsiveness Governance of Land: Women's land rights struggles, challenges, and lessons," featured land tenure experts and grassroots organizers from Latin America, Africa, and Europe