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Improving women’s access to land in eastern DRC: Challenges and emerging opportunities

Learning from emerging practices

Improving women’s access to land in eastern DRC: Challenges and emerging opportunities

 Learning from emerging practices

Access to land and natural resources is essential to social and economic development, providing housing, food and livelihood security. In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, rural and indigenous populations exist in tenuous tenure security situations, and the reasons for conflicts over land are many and varied, ranging from natural resource exploitation to ethnic conflict to state weakness. Over two decades of armed conflict has caused massive displacement, severely impacting women and children many of whom are widows and orphans.

However, long before these stressors, customary land practices had systematically discriminated against women, denying them control and security in the land that they work for their husbands and fathers. This publication explores the challenges faced by women in their struggle to gain access and control to land despite government efforts

Authors: Juliette Syn, Christol Paluku Mastaki

Contributors: Oumar Sylla, Malam Kandine Adam, Dady Mukeba Misumba, Michel Mirali Mushi, Jean Emmanuel Mihigo, Grévy-Jacob Kambale Kavene, Axel Kitoga, Jean-Claude Ganywamulume, José Mokbondo, Ambroise Mumbere, Pascal Chikala, Michel Mapendo, Désiré Minzori, Justin Selemani, Augustin Blaise Mapendo, Benoit Tambwe Likondo, Honoré Banyene, Emmanuel Nziwa, Patrick Kyanza

Sponsors: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DFID), UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)



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