Women around the world live and work on lands that are collectively held by indigenous, forest, pastoralist, and other local communities.
Yet these women are often excluded from decision-making about those lands, and their knowledge, skill, and perspective are under-valued.
As a consequence, women living and working on collective lands are disproportionately burdened by threats to these resources, and are less likely to share in the potential benefits that are enjoyed by those who do have formal or customary rights.
This gap is made all the more apparent in the context of climate change and the programs developed to address it, as they often base their interventions on the underlying tenure system.
Additionally, the cultural, political, social, and economic rationales for women’s exclusion can often seem insurmountable to practitioners, policy-makers, and the development community more broadly.
So, what can be done?
Fortunately, there is a rich history of practice addressing how to make substantial change for women on collectively-held lands that we can learn from.
Join Resource Equity’s Elisa Scalise and Renee Giovarelli — as well as several guest practitioners — for a detailed and concrete exploration of proven strategies for women’s empowerment on lands collectively held by indigenous, forest, pastoralist, and other local communities.
Guided by examples from projects that have successfully worked to improve women’s land tenure security and women’s meaningful participation in governance and decision-making, this practical intensive course will specifically highlight:
- Gender-transformative project design
- Concrete actions that can be taken at the national and local level
- Strategies that address climate change and its impact on women
- A summary of challenges and lessons learned
- Recommendations on how these approaches can be scaled and/or replicated in other regions
Each session will focus on a separate project, with one session dedicated to summary, concepts, and synthesis of key learnings.