Update on Resource Equity

After nearly a decade of working together, Resource Equity has made the difficult decision to close and pursue other opportunities.

We are in the process of trying to secure new homes for the Women’s Land Rights Institute and LandWise legal database, so please stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, these resources will continue to be hosted here.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years!

Advancing Women's Land and Resource Rights


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.

Learn how to:

Course Snapshot

100% online  

105 minute classes 

Every week for 10 weeks



Course offered twice per year

Tuition: $1200 USD

Tuition support available on request

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With this course you will:

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)

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

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

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

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.

Meet Our Alumni

Where Our Alumni Work

Key Dates

Course Cost

The full 10-week course Tuition cost is $1,200 USD for full fee-paying participants.

Tuition support  is 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.

To find out more about this course

Course Info

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re in the process of scheduling the next 101 Foundations course. Sign up now to receive email updates and we’ll let you know when applications open.

To apply for the Women’s Land Rights Institute you will be asked to provide the following information in the application form.

  • Contact and general details about you.
  • Location and current work placement
  • Motivation for applying and how you will apply your knowledge to your work
  • Prior employment/contracts most relevant to women’s land and resource rights
  • Highest level of education attainment

If you are unsure whether you are being considered for the our next cohort please, confirm with Kurstin by emailing institute@resourceequity.org

All applicants are encouraged to check the session times (by reviewing the local time and date list in the link provided under Key Dates and in this FAQ’s section.

The next course dates are currently being scheduled.

Sign up now to receive email updates when dates have been set.

Session times will be scheduled once the final cohort has been selected.

Sign up now to receive email updates once we’ve determined the most feasible time.

Tuition Support can cover all or part of the $1200 USD tuition fee and is available for qualified candidates who fit the criteria below,

  • Candidates from under-represented, minority, or indigenous groups. If you self-identify in one of these groups, please let us know.
  • Staff of grassroots organizations, CBOs, or smaller NGOs (under $300,000 USD annual revenue).

We encourage those people who do not meet the above criteria but would like to be considered for tuition scholarship to apply by completing the scholarship section on the application form.

Technology scholarships are offered to candidates on an as needed basis.


The Resource Equity Women’s Land Rights Institute is an initiative supported by Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Equal property rights for women is a crucial global development goal. Generating awareness about the strategies necessary to achieve equality is a critical step on the path to achieving that goal.

Laura Meggiolaro - Land Portal Foundation

International Land Coalition

As a development community, we have some way to go before we can say that there is broad understanding of what works in practice to make a change in women’s lives through land rights. I believe that this course is an important step in addressing that challenge.

Jolyne Sanjak - Tetra tecH

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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.