Using people power and tech for women's land rights
By Sam Dawson - Development Coordinator, Landesa
The new year is grounded in a sense of hope as the COVID-19 vaccines become available. But this is not the only thing bringing hope to many: in Tanzania, the Stand For Her Land campaign, is mobilizing dozens of local organizations to advocate for and secure women's land rights. Thanks to the impressive support from the GlobalGiving community, and other likeminded donors, the campaign in Tanzania is moving forward with several important actions in 2021. Among upcoming projects is the first-ever National Women's Land Rights conference, scheduled for March of this year. This conference will bring together representatives of farmers, women's groups, policymakers, and private companies to discuss the state of women's land rights in Tanzania and share best practices in the efforts to strengthen these rights.
Members of the team are also leading the discussion exploring the intersection of women's land rights and climate change. In December, we hosted a webinar on Gender Dynamics of Climate Change and Land Tenure Security for Women, sharing some of the findings in this emerging field. In addition to exploring this critical angle on women's land rights, we expanded our partnership with the mobile platform Sheria Kiganjani (Law On Your Palm) to provide women with useful information on their land rights and connect them to legal resources. This partnership is having a real impact on women in Tanzania. For example, Asia is a farmer who faced obstacles to aking ownership of a plot of land she inherited from her parents. Using the "Women and Land" module of the Law on Your Palm app, Asia and her sister connected with a community paralegal who helped document their situation and provide legal guidance. With this help, she was able to make her case to village leaders who ruled that she was the rightful owner of the land. As a result, Asia and her sister are gaining security and opportunity that they too can share with their family.
With the continued support of the GlobalGiving community and other generous donors, Stand For Her Land’s work to strengthen women's land rights in Tanzania is helping families and communities find the security and opportunity that Asia's family now experiences. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and allyship in our mission to secure land rights for all. Thank you for your support.
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