Realizing Women’s Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources, published in 2013, is based on the results of an expert group meeting on good practices in realizing women’s rights to productive resources, with a focus on land. The meeting was convened by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2012.
The report covers a wide range of topics. Following the introduction, there is a background analysis of women’s rights to land overall and a summary of the international dimensions of land issues related to human rights. Chapter I presents an overview of both international and regional legal and policy instruments recognizing women’s rights to land and other productive resources. Building on the human rights principles and standards outlined in chapter I, chapter II discusses ways of advancing a human rights-based approach to women’s rights to land and other productive resources. Chapter III presents recommendations accompanied by explanatory commentaries and good practice examples from countries. They are divided into eight sections: overarching issues and strategies; security of tenure and prohibition of forced eviction; legal systems and access to justice; marriage and family; land law, policy and programming; Institutional implementation; awareness-raising and training; and particular groups of women.
The report recommends strategies to be incorporated in domestic laws, policies and programming. States are encouraged to adopt the recommendations within whichever framework best suits their context.