With secure land tenure, Indigenous Peoples and local communities can realize human rights, achieve economic growth, protect the environment, and maintain cultural integrity. For centuries, Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have used, managed and depended on collectively-held land for food supplies, cultural and spiritual traditions, and other livelihood needs. Historically governed through customary tenure systems rooted in community norms and practices that often go back centuries, governments often consider such community land as vacant, idle, or state-owned property. Statutory recognition and protection of indigenous and community land rights continues to be a major challenge.
The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) and three Liberian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have agreed to work with 24 communities in eight of the country’s 15 counties to bring two million acres of land under full community ownership and control.
Sudden eviction by Forest Department leaves tribals scared
Insufficient data has been cited as a major hindrance to the realization of gender equality especially in land ownership.
According to UN Women statistics, 80% of the indicators for gender equality across SDGs are lacking data.
UN Women Chief Statistician Papa Seck says lack of political good will and technical challenges are to blame.