At a critical moment as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are drafted to determine global priorities for ending poverty, the Huairou Commission and UNDP launch a new community-based research study highlighting how grassroots African women living in poverty are proactively organizing to address challenges of accessing land and justice. Discussions around rule of law and women's land rights are key themes that will be debated this week during the 12th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development (OWG12).
"Women’s access to property is critical for their economic security and for the economic security of their children. When women own their own assets, they also have more independence and a bigger role in decision-making in their households and communities. All this helps improve the strength and prosperity of societies. But around the world, women find obstacles in their way to owning property. Long-standing traditions which put all land and property in the hands of men, inadequate laws, ineffective courts and a lack of education conspire against women’s legitimate rights to assets. These traditions and legal barriers often damage women, their families and development efforts."
Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID), Uganda
The community-based research study Engendering Access to Justice: Grassroots Women's Approaches to Securing Land Rights, will be officially launched tomorrow at an event entitled "Justice and Legal Empowerment for Sustainable Development," hosted by UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, in cooperation with the Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.
The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, June 17 at the UN from 1:15-2:30 at the North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7.