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Design and deliver policies and programs that advance women’s land rights.

Join us in an accredited ten-week online course. Explore what works to advance women’s land and resource rights and address gender inequality. Gain expert insights into how to avoid the unintended and harmful consequences of gender-neutral thinking in land laws, policies, and programs.


Advancing women’s land and resource rights

Deep dive

10-weeks focused entirely on women’s land and resource rights.

Learn from experts

Lead by expert practitioners on women’s land and resource rights with decades of experience globally.

Gain global insights

Gain insights from all over the world and apply from anywhere globally (translation and interpretation available).

Scholarships available

Full or partial scholarships are available. People from disadvantaged groups will receive priority.


Endorsed by key actors in the land and women’s rights sectors.

Course Commitment

This course is 100% online for 90-minutes a week for ten weeks.

Engage with change-makers

Interact with others at the forefront of change in our structured, small-group setting.

Peer network

Be part of a network of practitioners from around the world.

WHat you'll learn

Course overview

During this course, you will learn how to:

  • Design and deliver practical programs and policies that advance women’s rights to land and resources and address gender inequality.
  • Avoid unintended and harmful consequences of gender-neutral thinking in land/ resource laws, policies, and programs.

Analyze issues

Comprehensively identify and categorize legal, social, and technical issues related to women’s land tenure security.

Know what has worked

Understand existing evidence on what has worked (and what has not worked) to strengthen women’s rights in practice and how it applies to real-world challenges.

Understand what could work

Share and learn what could work to promote and protect women’s rights to land by understanding promising and emerging practices to address gender and land challenges.

Design creative approaches

Draw from diverse sources to create policy and programs that equally serve women’s and men’s interests and needs from land and resource reforms.

What topics will be covered?

  • Women’s Land and Resources rights: A Conceptual Framework
  • Legal and Policy Issues: How to look for and identify barriers beyond a right to inherit and joint ownership of marital property
  • Gender issues related to collective tenure vs. individual tenure
  • Barriers and opportunities for women in resource governance
  • Situational Assessments: What to look for and what to red flag
  • How to find and use research to support legal and policy arguments
  • What common barriers to women’s participation should be addressed in every intervention
  • Customary tenure, indigenous peoples rights, and identifying and addressing gender-specific issues
  • Addressing gender and land rights issues in development projects where land is not the primary focus (including climate change, conservation, extractives, gender-based violence, and agricultural and rural development).

Who is this course for?

If you are a professional working in women’s land rights, land rights, gender, economic empowerment, resource governance, family, climate change, and environmental fields from organizations such as:
  • National and regional NGOs
  • International NGOs
  • Government agencies/departments
  • Donor agencies and Philanthropic organizations
  • Gender focal points on large land and resource-related projects

If you’re unsure whether the course is suitable for you, don’t hesitate to email us at institute@resourceequity.org.

Key Dates

Course cost

The full 10-week course costs USD 1,200 for full fee-paying participants.

Scholarships for tuition are available based on need (for scholarship applicants, identify in your application form that you would like to receive a scholarship). Support with technology may also be available based on need.

Course Leaders

Renee Giovarelli

Renee Giovarelli

Resource Equity Co-Founder, Senior Gender Adviser and Lawyer

For 20 years, Renee has focused on the legal and sociological issues central to gender equity in access to land and natural resources. Her work has helped inform core policy positions on issues related to access, use, and control over land and resources for leading international development organizations.

Elisa Scalise

Elisa Scalise

Resource Equity Co-Founder, Gender and Land Tenure Lawyer

Elisa is the Executive Director of Resource Equity and is also a gender and land tenure lawyer. For over 15 years, Elisa has worked on research into and the design of laws, policies, and programs that improve women’s rights to land and natural resources, strengthen women’s involvement in decision-making and governance of land.

Course Presenters

Seminars run by regional and global experts.

Further announcements on presenters coming soon.

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David Bledsoe

Resource Equity Senior Attorney- Post conflict and private sector

David has been working on land rights for over 18 years. He is an attorney that has worked with governments, communities, companies, and civil society organizations in Africa and elsewhere on land conflicts, land tenure security, investments in land and extractives, and women’s land rights.

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Renee Giovarelli

Renee Giovarelli, JD LLM

Senior Attorney and Advisor
20 years of experience

Renée, a lawyer, started working on land rights in 1995 in Kyrgyzstan. At that time, Kyrgyzstan’s legal system was changing, and new laws needed drafting to break up large Soviet farms and equitably distribute the land to the members of the former collective or state farm. Renée continued to advise the Kyrgyz Government and work in Kyrgyzstan for the next 15 years. During this time, Renée also advised other former Soviet and Eastern European countries, including Russia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Bulgaria.

In 2000, Renée’s research and practice began to focus on women’s land rights. She provided legal and policy advice on gender-inclusive reforms to donors and the governments of India, Uganda, China, Ghana, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Lesotho, and Ethiopia.

Renée has completed research in Indonesia and Jordan and written extensively on the barriers and opportunities women face in claiming land and resource rights. Most of Renée’s work is related to land used for agriculture and household food security, pastureland, and forestland. Renée is a co-founder of Resource Equity, where she applies her skills and experience by working with partners to improve the lives of women around the world.

Elisa Scalise

Elisa Scalise, JD

Executive Director

Elisa is Executive Director of Resource Equity and is also a gender and land tenure lawyer. For over 15 years Elisa has worked on research into and design of laws, policies and programs that: improve women’s rights to land and natural resources; strengthen women’s involvement in decision-making and governance of land; improve equity in administration of rights and benefits attached to land; and facilitate enforcement of women’s rights in justice systems.

Elisa has worked on and lead long term projects in Cabo Verde, Rwanda, Uganda, Kyrgyz Republic, China, Liberia, and Morocco. She has conducted field-based assessments in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Peru, and Namibia, and has conducted analysis of legal and customary tenure frameworks in Solomon Islands, Cote D’Ivoire, Malawi, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

She is also leading the Resource Equity’s Institute and the Women’s Land Rights Research Consortium grant-making on research that uncovers the effectiveness of interventions to improve women’s land tenure security.

In 2015, Elisa co-founded Resource Equity, and is the Executive Director, leading the organization’s operations and management.

David Bledsoe

David Bledsoe, JD LLM

Senior Land Tenure Attorney
Over 18 years of experience

Like the other Resource Equity experts, David Bledsoe focuses on land and natural resources policy and law. He’s been at it for over 18 years and most of his country-specific work has focused on Africa, although he has had assignments in Asia and Latin America. His expertise covers tenure security; customary tenure regimes; legal and regulatory reform; private investment in land and extractive resources; expropriation; conflicts, grievance and dispute resolution mechanisms; common property regimes; land administration; and institutional capacity building.

In recent years, he has focused partly on socially responsible private investments in extractives, land, and other natural resources, including mining, minerals, oil and gas, agricultural land, and forests. David has helped multinational consumer products companies (like Coca Cola and Unilever) make strong corporate commitments aimed at socially responsible investments in supply chains (for sugar and palm oil), land, and other resources. On the ground, he has helped large African sugar companies do a better job in respecting the land rights of women and men and in working with local communities to co-exist with large commercial neighbors.