From large land acquisitions that displace communities without due compensation, to the encroachment of mining on indigenous lands, to the brunt of climate change and natural disasters, to everyday land and property deprivation by kin or state, women are typically more harshly impacted by land tenure insecurity due to discriminatory laws and lingering social bias.
The world at a glance
Indisputably, the SDGs cannot be reached if women – half of the world’s population – are left behind. Achieving gender equality implies, inter alia, giving women equal access to and control over resources to enable them to equally benefit from sustainable development. If the SDGs are to make a real difference for gender equality, however, the global vision they enshrine will have to be realized at the local level. This article provides an example of what such processes of localizing the SDGs can look like.
According to NGO Makaam, which helps women in drought-affected areas and has been working with the women’s commission to safeguard the rights of farmer widows, getting legal land title rights for widows in villages remains a major issue.
Following consultations in Vidarbha and Marathwada region where a high number of farmer suicides has been reported, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, along with NGOs, has created a charter of demands for farmer widows.
We are honored to announce that Omidyar Network has renewed its support of the Land Portal Foundation with an investment of $400,000 to support the integration and visualization of spatial data and the dissemination of SDG-related data and information, as well as provide core funding for institutional enhancement, over the next two years.