Empowering women through land tenure reform:The Rwandan experience | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
June 2012
Resource Language: 
ISBN / Resource ID: 
Rwanda LAND (Research) - 88
Copyright details: 
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN); Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Since 2004, Rwanda has embarked on an ambitious land tenure reform programme (LTR) aimed
at increasing security of tenure to all land owners and the elimination of all forms of
discrimination. This has largely been achieved through the establishment and implementation of
a new legal, regulatory and institutional framework.
This paper discusses the ongoing land tenure reform programme and its impact on women’s land
rights. It focuses on the role of women in the decision making in the course of developing the
legal and regulatory framework, the rights that those tools provide to women and the
inclusiveness and protection of women’s land rights in the ongoing land registration programme.
The aim of the paper is then to draw on some best practices gleaned from the programme in
protecting women’s rights to land.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Thierry Hoza Ngoga

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RNRAs is an authority that leads the management of promotion of natural resources which is composed of land, water, forests, mines and geology. It shall be entrusted with supervision, monitoring and to ensure the implementation of issues relating to the promotion and protection of natural resources in programs and activities of all national institutions. Particularly, RNRA is responsible for:

1° implementing national policies, laws, strategies, regulations and government resolutions in matters relating to the promotion and protection of natural resources;


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The LAND Project is a five year program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its primary goal is strengthening the resilience of Rwandan citizens, communities and institutions and their ability to adapt to land-related economic, environmental and social changes.

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