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Securing Women’s Land and Property Rights: A Critical Step to Address HIV, Violence and Food Security

This briefing paper examines the importance of women’s land and property rights in the contexts of HIV and AIDS, violence against women, and food security. Land and property rights increase women’s autonomy—decreasing their dependence on men and entrapment in abusive relationships, enabling greater control over sexual relations, and improving their ability to produce food for themselves and their families. This paper examines where and how these rights are protected under international human rights standards and offers strategies to help women effectively claim and enforce their rights.

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Health, Women's Rights Tool Type: Reports / Research Languages: English Regions: Sub-Saharan Africa