Women's Land Link Africa (WLLA)
Women's Land Link Africa (WLLA) is a collective action initiative on African women's land and property rights coordinated by the Huairou Commission's Land and Housing Campaign and its local partners.
Since its founding in 2004 by African grassroots women and their partners, WLLA has grown into a coalition of 23 organizations in 13 African countries. WLLA's aim is to influence the creation and implementation of national land and housing policies for the benefit of grassroots women by strengthening their capacity to take on the social, cultural, and political systems and practices that deny women equality with men on matters of land and housing.
WLLA provides a platform for grassroots women to build their collective knowledge in order to persuasively advocate their development goals and needs both with local decision-makers and within regional and global arenas. WLLA plays a unique role as a center for innovation, knowledge dissemination and local-to-local learning for grassroots women striving to gain secure ownership and control of land and housing. WLLA is distinguished by its grassroots foundation and its use of grassroots land and housing rights as the critical entry point for women's empowerment.
As a direct result of WLLA member's advocacy and organizing efforts, hundreds of women have secured land and housing through reversed evictions, registered marriage certificates, and individual, joint, and communal land titles. Over fifty community watchdog groups have formed to oppose the eviction of widows and orphans from their land, over eight hundred plots of land have been acquired by women, and grassroots women leaders have exchanged practices in over twenty peer learning exchanges and regional Land Academies.
Together the grassroots organizations of WLLA put into action the Huairou Commission's theory of partnership: that real change occurs when leading development institutions recognize and support the contributions of grassroots women's organizations.
WLLA has been funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) since 2004, and has received addtional support from an anonymous donor since 2007.
To Influence the formation and implementation of national land and housing policies for the benefit of grassroots women by strengthening their collective capacity to effectively engage the social, cultural and political systems and practices that hinder or deny grassroots women equality with men on matters of land and housing.