Land Rights for Women Crucial for African Development

Although both women and men have rights to land under statutory and customary tenure, the rights of women and men differ in origin, duration and scope, and are influenced by the legal rules and social norms related to marriage and other family relationships.  As a result, women's rights to land and other property are often less secure than those of men.

Like Madam Karr, women across Liberia have a tenuous hold on their land. Their situation underscores the urgency of land reform in Liberia, which has been led by the Liberian Land Commission, established in 2009.

  • Liberia:   Protecting Women's Rights in Liberia

    Focus on Land, 4 December 2013

    Women in Liberia rely heavily on land to support their agricultural livelihoods, yet remain disproportionately marginalized in their access to land ownership. Read more »


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    Protecting Women's Land Rights in Liberia

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    When Madam Mawa Karr was widowed at age 27, she had six children and was nine months pregnant with her seventh child. But she had land, a deed to the land, and a house. That gave her more security ... see more »



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