Invisible and Excluded: Risks to Informal Spouses from Land Tenure Formalization and Titling Campaigns | Land Portal
Contact details: 
Neil Sorensen,
Global Land Alliance

The mission of Global Land Alliance is to enable the prosperity of people and places by advancing learning and practice to achieve land tenure security and the efficient, inclusive and sustainable use of land and natural resources.

We aim to accelerate quality development by resolving land issues with new paradigms of participation and accountability.   We are a think-and-do tank focused on resolving land issues to address four critical development challenges:

The Land Portal is a Foundation registered in the Netherlands in 2014.

The vision of the Portal is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.

Language of the event: 

The Global Land Alliance (GLA) and the Land Portal Foundation invite you to join this webinar on 16 March, 2022 to learn about the risks to informal wives during land tenure formalization campaigns. 





Wednesday, 16 March, 2022
10:00-11:30 AM EST | 3:00-4:30 PM CET

Land rights formalization and titling campaigns have improved land tenure security for millions of rural people over the past decades. But while many have benefitted, others have been left out, and risks are often highest for women. 

With growing global recognition of women’s land rights as a central factor in achieving social development goals, many countries have adopted gender equitable policies in land rights formalization, requiring, for example, joint spousal registration for land held by married couples or for any couple living in a long-term “marriage-like” relationship.

However, marriage informality is a widespread phenomenon, and emerging evidence points to the risk that land rights formalization efforts may systematically exclude rural women who live with partners in informal marriages. Formalization programs that fail to recognize and include these “invisible” wives risk leaving them worse off than they were before, by permanently assigning rights to the land on which they live and work solely to male partners. 




Anne Hennings (Local Knowledge Engagement Coordinator)

Anne Hennings



Jennifer Duncan

Laura Bermúdez




Patricia Chaves, Espaco Feminista, Brazil

Julia Madariaga

Justine N. Uvuza Senior Land Policy Advisor and Gender Landesa, UK

Nana Ama Yirrah





  • Anne Hennings, Local Knowledge Engagement Coordinator, Land Portal Foundation


  • Jennifer Duncan, Land rights, justice and social inclusion expert
  • Laura Bermúdez, Technical Consultant, Global Land Alliance


  • Patricia Chaves, Director, Espaco Feminista
  • Julia Madariaga, Anthropologist, Colombia
  • Justine N. Uvuza, Senior Land and Gender Policy Advisor, Landesa, UK
  • Nana Ama Yirrah, Founder and  Executive Director, Colandef

Share this page