Update on Resource Equity

Nearly a decade ago, Resource Equity was founded with the mission of empowering women through advancing their land and resource rights. We believed then, as we do now, that for women’s rights to land and natural resources to be effective at enabling economic and social change, they must be equitable, secure, and empowering for women, their families, and their communities.

We firmly ground all our work in the belief that the “how” matters: We start with women’s voices, agency, needs, and aspirations; we work in partnership and collaboration with those at the forefront of change; and we focus on “what works” – measurable strategies that secure women’s land rights in practice.

Over the past ten years, our small but mighty non-profit has helped significantly expand women’s access to land and resources in communities round the world. Unfortunately, we’ve also discovered that our impact may be limited by our size. Funding and charitable giving priorities are highly dynamic, and we have recently realized that there may be other, more sustainable ways to pursue our mission.

So it is with some sadness that we share that we’ve made the difficult decision to close Resource Equity.

We remain incredibly proud of everything that we’ve been able to achieve as an organization. In concert with our partners, supporters, funders, staff, board of directors, and many other collaborators around the world, we’ve accomplished quite a bit, including: As you can see, our time as Resource Equity has produced rich resources, new laws, field-expanding research, and lasting partnerships. As individuals, we’ll continue to have impact and to shape approaches, policies, and programs that center the unique needs of women around the world.

We’re in the process of investigating new homes for the Women’s Land Rights Institute and the LandWise legal database, and we’ll update you as soon as we have any news.

While this was a difficult decision to make, we believe that it will enable us to remain focused on our primary mission: Empowering women – because empowered women change the world.

Thank you so much for your support! We look forward to connecting with you in our new roles in the future.
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