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Launching the Global Center for Women's Land Rights!

Event Date: 
October 15, 2009 - 04:00 - 06:00

On October 15---the International Day for Rural Women---RDI will launch the new Global Center for Women’s Land Rights!

The Global Center for Women’s Land Rights will create a platform to advocate for laws that provide secure property rights for women and girls and raise awareness about women’s role at the strategic center of poverty reduction and food security.

While women produce up to 80% of the world's food, they own less than 2% of the world’s titled land. In many developing countries, women cannot legally own property--especially in places where women are viewed as property. Without rights to the land they farm, women and their children are at risk of undernutrition, poverty, exploitation and disease. As the burden of responsibility for growing and preparing food falls on women and girls, there is little time for girls to attend school, trapping them in a cycle of poverty.

Providing secure land rights to women isn’t just a good idea—it is essential to addressing poverty and hunger.

When women have secure rights to the land they farm:
* Family nutrition and food security improves,
* Women are less likely to contract and spread HIV/AIDS,
* Domestic violence rates are lower, and
* Children are more likely to get education, and
* Women have better access to micro-credit, improving family income.

Unfortunately, there are not enough people working to improve women’s legal rights to land, and those that do are often unable connect with the best resources and experts. To address this challenge, the Global Center for Women’s Land Rights will help to create a community of practice that will provide policymakers. scholars, philanthropists, and multi-lateral institutions with an opportunity to share ideas, interventions and strategies for improving women’s access and rights to land.

Please join us on October 15 as we celebrate this new global effort!

To learn more, visit

Rural Development Institute (RDI)

Seattle, WA 98101
United States


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