Webinar: The role of land certification in securing women’s land rights on collective lands


November 14, 2019

November 19, 2019 

9:00-10:30 AM ET - 3:00-4:30 PM CET


How can formalization of collectively held land rights secure women’s rights?

Evidence shows that women can benefit from having individualised land rights formalized in their names. However, similar evidence is not available for formalization of land rights that are based on collective tenure. Studies have estimated that as much as 65 percent of the world’s land is held under customary, collective-tenure systems. Improving tenure security for land held collectively has been shown to improve resource management and to support self-determination of indigenous groups. Yet little attention has been paid to the question of whether women and men share equally in the benefits of formalizing collective tenure. This is complicated by the fact that very often, even if lands are held collectively, they are sometimes allocated and managed on an individual household basis.

This webinar by the Land Portal and the Research Consortium aims to explore the question: under what conditions might formalization of collective tenure improve women’s tenure security?

Panelists will address the following questions:

  • What mechanisms can help ensure that women’s rights are protected equally with those of men in different processes for formalizing land rights?
  • What lessons, challenges, or questions remain on how to ensure gender-equitable outcomes in different processes for formalizing land rights?
  • What are the most important enabling conditions for achieving gender equity in outcomes?
  • What kinds of data are helpful in answering these questions?
  • What are the next steps for the research community?

Moderator: Amanda Richardson, Resource Equity


  • John Leckie, DAI- Global
  • Iliana Monterroso, CIFOR
  • Paul Ntegeka, Associates Research Trust- Uganda
  • Herbert Kamusiime, Associates Research Trust- Uganda

During this webinar, Iliana Monterroso (CIFOR) will present recent research undertaken as part of PIM's Flagship 5: Governance of Natural Resources

Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

Visit the Land Portal event page for more information