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 Land-at-scale Newsletter Q1 2022 – March 8th, 2022 Online Version
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Dear colleagues,

Today the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The data and evidence of the importance of women’s secure tenure rights to land is overwhelming: even though women contribute to almost half of all agricultural production worldwide, a mere 15% of women has legal rights to the land they work on. Although great progress has been made in the global recognition of the importance of women’s land rights, a lot has to be done in order to achieve gender equity in access to land in practice.

For LAND-at-scale, gender has been an important cross-cutting theme the programme’s inception. Through our country projects, we aim to be gender transformative and - at the very least - gender aware. But what does this mean in practice? How does LAND-at-scale build on the incredibly rich history of research and experiences to secure land rights for women? In this newsletter, our project partners share the approaches and strategies in LAND-at-scale countries, and we will share our strategy at program level. Today, our usual newsletter is completely devoted to the gender theme!

If you have any questions or remarks about LAND-at-scale, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through landatscale@rvo.nl.

Warm regards,

The LAND-at-scale team
Featured articles
LAND-at-scale Chad: A story of women as driving force for land reform
Women’s land rights is an important topic for the LAND-at-scale project in Chad. Oxfam Chad has written a blog on how a campaign on women’s land rights paved the way for broad land reform and development interventions on just land governance in Chad.
Read more about their contribution here    
Scaling up gender-sensitive approaches in Burundi
As observed in many countries, women’s access to land in Burundi is hampered by customary practices. ZOA, VNG and MiPAREC are scaling up a gender-sensitive approach to strengthening women’s rights to land, an approach that has been proven much more successful than many other approaches had in the past.
Read more about this gender-sensitive approach here
Programme highlight
Gender Transformative Approaches in the LAND-at-scale programme
From the inception of the LAND-at-scale programme, gender has been identified as a main cross-cutting theme in the portfolio. What does this mean in practice? We have interviewed the programme’s focal point for gender, Maaike van den Berg, to tell us more about LAND-at-scale’s gender strategy at programme level.
Read the interview here
Knowledge Management Insight
Women lead the change - why women’s land rights matter in Dutch and EU’s Africa strategies
For women in rural and forest communities to have control over land, means having power. Not only does it enable them to make decisions on land use, but it also increases their bargaining power, economic opportunities and possibility to speak out. Karin van Boxtel from Both ENDS has written a blog on why women’s land rights matter in development policies.
Read her blog here
Tools & Publications
A few examples of useful tools to advance women’s land rights used in the LAND-at-scale portfolio.
ILC Toolkit: Equal Rights for Women
This toolkit gathers together information on ten tools successfully used by twelve members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) to ensure gender justice in relation to land by taking all necessary measures to pursue both de jure and de facto equality, enhancing the ability of women to defend their land rights and take an equal part in decision-making.
Explore the toolkit here
Gender Evaluation Criteria
The gender evaluation criteria framework explores how to judge whether a land tool is sufficiently gender-responsive, to identify where more work needs to be done, and possible entry-points to make a tool equally beneficial to women and men. The tool was developed in 2016 by the Global Land Tool Network and still a useful tool, used in LAND-at-scale programme design as well. The tool is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
Read more about the GEC here
Land Portal’s Gender & Land Issue Portfolio
There is a wealth of knowledge and experiences when it comes to strengthening women’s land rights and achieving gender equity in access to land. What are the key issues, publications, events and organizations working on the topic? If you’re looking for an introduction to the issue, Land Portal’s Gender & Land Issue portfolio is a great place to start.
Explore the Gender & Land Issue Portfolio
RVO’s Gender Guide
Gender is not only a priority theme for the LAND-at-scale programme: it is a key priority for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the entire Netherlands Enterprise & Development Agency (RVO). RVO’s strategy for gender is to never support gender-blind activities, to always be gender aware and, whenever possible, be gender transformative.
Read more about RVO’s Gender Strategy here
Events and opportunities
Event: Stand for Her Land Campaign Launch
Date: March 8th, 2022
Location: Nairobi, Kenya and Online
Official website
Event: Securing Women’s and Girls’ Land tenure to promote communities Resilience to Climate change and advance sustainable Economic Justice & Rights
Date: March 16th, 2022
Location: Online
Official website
Webinar: Invisible and Excluded: Risks to Informal Spouses from Land Tenure Formalization and Titling Campaigns
Date: March 16th, 2022
Location: Online
Official website
Webinar: Frontiers: Women Leading Solutions to Climate Change
Date: March 21th, 2022
Location: Online
Official website
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