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Community Organizations Working Group for Women and Land Ownership
Working Group for Women and Land Ownership
Working Group for Women and Land Ownership
Intergovernmental or Multilateral organization



The Working Group for women and land ownership (WGWLO), is a network of 41 NGOs, CBOs and individuals in Gujarat, working on the issue of agriculture land ownership from livelihood, security, rights and empowerment angle for women. These are CBOs and NGOs spread in more than 15 districts of Gujarat, working at the rural grass roots level since 2003.

Though there are three main ways by which women can own land – inheritance, state transfers and from the market – 86% of arable land in India is privately owned. Hence a focus on private land and inheritance rights of women becomes critical. It is also essential to engage with inheritance rights in land, to ensure that land received through other sources - state transfers and from the market - do not pass on only to male heirs in the succeeding generation.


  • Women's Ownership - To work to increase women's ownership of land by facilitating the proper implementation of the existing laws of the Government of Gujarat.
  • To Influence - To influence the government and the non-government agencies/persons, including the media, to help mainstream the issue of women & land ownership.

  • Undertake Advocacy - To undertake advocacy for legal reformation of the laws of the Government of Gujarat that hinder women owning land in their own name



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Women Inheriting Land: Rights and Realities

Reports & Research
February, 2019

The webinar on Women Inheriting Land: Rights and Realities took place on 22 February, 2019.

The objective of this webinar was to discuss the significance of owning land through inheritance, the challenges that prevent women from inheriting land, the opportunities offered through the best practices and the possible actions that can be taken at different levels.

This report provides a summary of the discussion.

Broad Areas of discussion:

Women's Right to Land: Voices from Grassroots Movement and Working Women's Alliance from Gujarat

Reports & Research
December, 2007

The Working Group on Women and Land Ownership (WGWLO) is a Gujarat-based network of 23 NGOs set up 2003 in a context of increasing recognition of women’s land rights in international conventions, national planning and policies, as well as research, that has not resulted in a reduced gender gap in access to and control over land.

The document describes origin and history of WGWLO, the work done by NGOs and rural women federations in Gujarat at the village level, challenges faced, strategies adopted and their efforts to influence state policy.