Ending gender discrimination in land ownership

Recently, the government and several NGOs have been workingwith women to help end local discriminatory practices and train them on property and inheritance rights.

But women’s lack of access to land ownership remains commonplace.

According to development economist Cheryl Doss, more men than women own land globally. In the 10 countries she studied in Africa, for instance, 39 percent of women and 48 percent of men reported owning land either individually and or jointly.

However only 12 percent of women reported owning land on their own, compared with 31 percent of men.

A major reason for this global gender disparity is that many laws dictate that women cannot hold land rights independently of their husbands or male relatives.

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