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Sabitri Hikaka is a single woman of Boriguda village in Rayagada district of Odisha. She lost her parents in her childhood. This incident brought all the responsibility of three siblings on to her shoulder. She toiled hard to meet her ends and remained unmarried to support her family. Sabitri’s uncles refused to share the ancestral property with Sabitri just because she was a woman.

Lataben, a feisty 36-year-old belongs to the Konjdi village of Mahuva block in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat. Belonging to the Kumbhar community, which officially comes under the “other backward caste category” in the region, she has been single-handedly raising her young kids ever since she lost her husband in 2014. Her grit and determination, as well as her self-reliance, can be understood the best by going back to her struggle for her land.

Yolanda is an Afro-Colombian who has dedicated her life to preserving the culture and environment of the Guapi region of Colombia on the Pacific coast. 

As an internationally recognized activist and community leader, Yolanda has founded and lead a number of advocacy organizations including Aso Manos Negra, a feminist association that works to promote environmental sustainability and women’s land rights in the Pacific region of Colombia. 

In Mozambique, like in so many other parts of the world, a quiet land rights revolution is brewing, ready as ever to emerge.  The end of a brutal civil war, which lasted sixteen years and ended in 1992, brought about a period of national reconstruction, with progressive reforms taking place to protect land rights and encourage rural investment.

Inadequate laws and policies, patriarchal mindsets, an unwelcoming system, lack of mobility due to traditional patriarchal norms, anda  dearth of information about laws, are just some of the main reasons for the uneven distribution, ownership and control of land for women.  Furthermore, women’s participation and access to public forums in this context is limited, at best, whether it is in their own village, panchayat, block, tehsil or district.  In Uttar Pradesh, the Revenue Department is often occupied in large part, if not entirely, by men.

Shathi, daughter of Md Abdul Razzak, lives in the village of Hatiyadah located in the sub district of Singra within the larger Natore district. Her dream was to support  the poor after finishing her studies, helping them and taking care of them. Although she herself was born into a poor family, with her strong will, merit and hard work, Shathi completed her graduation and joined BRAC Microfinance’s Hatiyadah Office.

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