Strengthening Women's Land Rights: Crucial for the SDGs | Land Portal
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LANDac, the Netherlands Academie on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development, is a partnership between Dutch organizations working on land governance. The partners are the International Development Studies (IDS) group at Utrecht University (leading partner), African Studies Centre, Agriterra, the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group at Wageningen University, the Land Portal Foundation, HIVOS, the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Enclude Solutions.

Kick-off event: meet female land rights champions, make your work more effective and join the festive launch of a photo exhibition

You are kindly invited to participate in an inspiring and informative event to discuss lessons learned from successful grassroots initiatives to improve land rights for women, supported by The Netherlands. What do these lessons mean for the gender ambitions in the policy note ‘Investing in Global Prospects’? How can we apply these lessons in our work on foreign trade and development cooperation?

Women and men’s equal rights to use, access and control land are crucial for the livelihoods, including income and health, of women, men and their families, as put forward in the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT). During this event, impact stories will be shared by women who are involved in different initiatives in order to generate concrete ideas for follow-up which should result in action and results on the ground.


13 December 2018 from 15.30 to 17.00 hrs at the ‘black steps’ on the 4th floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague


  • Ellen Matupi, Rural Women Assembly & National Smallholder Farmers Association, Malawi
  • Sostine Namanya, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Uganda
  • Snehlatha Nath, Keystone, India
  • Catherine Gatundu, ActionAid International Kenya and member GAGGA advisory board


15.00 Coffee/ tea

15.30 Welcome by MoFA representative

15.45 What’s out there? Moderated interview with the speakers

16.15 Discussion with the audience

16.50 What’s next? Introduction to the follow-up trajectory

17.00 Photo exhibition

This kick-off event serves as a start for a follow-up trajectory of initiatives on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Land Governance in the coming months, as well as a preparation for face-to-face meetings with different departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2019.

Please register before 7 December by sending an email to:


Photo credit: Adam Cohn via Flickr Creative Commons

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