The indicator monitors legal reforms that give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land. This indicator proposes that progress towards the SDG target will be determined by the extent to which countries have incorporated into their legal framework the following 6 proxies based on internationally recognized standards, particularly from Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT) and the International Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW):

  1. Mandatory joint registration, or economic incentives for joint registration.
  2. Spouse or partner consent for land transactions.
  3. Equal rights for sons and daughters to inherit and for surviving spouse to receive an inheritance share.
  4. Budgetary commitments to strengthen equal rights for women regarding ownership and/or control of land.
  5. If customary land tenure is recognized in the legal and policy framework, women’s land rights are protected.
  6. Quotas for women's participation in land administration and management institutions.

 

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This indicator is a sub-component of the Restricted Resources and Entitlements Indicator and measures whether women and men have equal and secure access to land use, control and ownership.

Measurement unit: 
Index (0; 1)

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Measurement unit: 
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Measurement unit: 
Index (0; 1)

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Measurement unit: 
Index (0; 1)

Women's property rights are recorded (i) urban (ii) rural measured on a scale from A - which stands for good practices - to D - reflecting weak practices.

Measurement unit: 
Index (A; D)

Women's property rights to land are equal to men's (i) in law and (ii) in practice measured on a scale from A - which stands for good practices - to D - reflecting weak practices.

Measurement unit: 
Index (A; D)

Land and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Goal 5: Gender equality
Target 5.a: Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

Indicator details

Status: 
Tier 2

The indicator is conceptually clear, has an internationally established methodology and standards are available, but data is not regularly produced by countries.

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Partners: 
Intergovernmental or Multilateral organization

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