Stand For Her Land is advocating with and for women in Tanzania for secure and equal rights to land. With secure land rights, women not only have safe shelter but a chance at a more sustainable livelihood. Despite laws and policies that strengthen women's land rights, women around the globe, and many in Tanzania, face obstacles in exercising those rights. Stand For Her Land is working to close this gap between the laws and practice, empowering millions of women in the process.
Over the past 25 years, Tanzania has adopted laws and policies that enshrine women's equal land rights. However, many women farmers in Tanzania continue to face layers of obstacles as they attempt to exercise their land rights. Many women, in particular widows and divorced women, are especially vulnerable to land grabs. This project will reach thousands of women farmers and their families, providing information on their rights and hearing from them on their experiences.
Stand for Her Land is building a coalition of local and national women's groups in Tanzania to help women protect their legal land rights. Millions of women already have these rights, but are not aware of, or do not know how to exercise them. Stand for Her Land is creating a synchronized national advocacy campaign to educate women about their land rights using legal guides, radio programs, mobile apps, and targeted outreach.
Farming is a major source of employment for Tanzanian women, yet only 16% of women own agricultural land individually, leaving them vulnerable to a host of risks, including land grabs, climate change, and economic insecurity. By strengthening women's land rights through advocacy and collective action, Stand For Her Land is helping ensure future generations of Tanzanian women are able to avoid these risks, safely exercise their rights, and build a sustainable future for them and their families.