Securing Women’s Land Rights

Elisabetta Cangelosi, Sabine Pallas | ILC | 2014 |
Securing Women’s Land Rights

Learning from successful experiences in Rwanda and Burundi

A Learning Route is an educational journey built around the experiences of local organisations that are supported to systematise and share their knowledge with others. The 16 participants, or ruteros, in this Route, women and men from civil society organisations (CSOs) and government programmes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, learnt from the local organisations visited, and from each other.

This paper introduces the rationale for focusing on women’s land rights and explains the Learning Route methodology and the preparation of this Route in particular, before providing background information on land tenure and women’s land rights in Rwanda and Burundi. The three case studies and the lessons learned from them are then presented, followed by the personal stories of women who have benefited from the work of the Route’s hosts, the CSOs Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) and Association pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (APDH), an ILC member, and the Programme Transitoire Post-Conflit (PTRPC), a Burundi government programme funded by IFAD.