Event Article by:
Union of Agricultural Work Committees
Under the Agreement of Cooperation (AOC3: Land, women empowerment and socio-economic development) signed between UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), and the Palestine-based Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), a training event on “Gender, Land rights and Socio-Economic Development of Women in Palestine” was held on 26-27th of June 2021.
The training event was built on the recommendations of the “Expert Group Meeting on the evidence-based linkages between access to land and socio-economic development and empowerment of Women in the Arab region” held in February 2021, which discussed the challenges women face in Arab Region in accessing, using and controlling land and property, and the responsibilities that fall upon different land actors in mitigating them. Thus, the training event included government and civil society representative as well as individuals working as land/property owners and users different West Bank Governorates (Jenine, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, Bethlehem and Hebron).
The training focused on the concepts of Gender and Gender based violence in relation to land and property rights. It further supported increasing the knowledge and capacities of women to be encouraged to join different life spheres and engage in lobby and advocacy to promote their rights in land tenure and control over productive resources. Moreover, the workshop provided the opportunity for interactive discussion between government representatives and land owners and users, where many individual case studies were discussed and guidance were given.
The training was concluded with a set of recommendations formulated collectively by the organizers and participants, to name a few:
1- More awareness campaign regarding land rights targeting individuals should be conducted to reduce the impact of discriminative social norms, which affect the drafting of relating laws.
2- The impact of women enjoying land rights should be promoted in local media networks through planned programs and also in schools and college curriculums.
3- Women should be more involved in the formulation of land regulations and monitoring plans since they are one of the vulnerable categories in this regard.
4- The capacities of government land authorities should be better built to facilitate the creation of efficient land administration strategies, which would contribute to effectively resolving land disputes