On International Women's Day, we continue to highlight the stories of women across the world who are fighting for land rights, from the group who scaled Kilimanjaro last year, to Tep Vanny, imprisoned last month in Cambodia for two and a half years, to Su Changlan, detained by Chinese authorities since 2015 and listed by Amnesty International as one of seven women who "refuse to wait for their rights."
Under-Secretary General of the UN Monique Barbut wrote on Monday that while women still have disproportionately little rights to land they live and work on, there are also signs of progress - particularly in Africa.
"Rural women can obtain land rights as individuals or groups," she wrote. "When women only have user and access rights to land, enabling them to own and market what they produce is another option. The denial of land rights by culture is not inescapable trap. Where the leadership is enlightened and progressive, it is possible to create new land rights models."
- Sally Hayden
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