Women and Land

Women’s housing, land and property rights are catalyst to ensure the social and economic development of communities and increase food security. They contribute to the realisation and enjoyment of a broad range of human rights such as the right to adequate standard of living, adequate housing, health, work and education. Housing, land and property rights increase women’s empowerment and participation in decision making within the household and in the public life. They help protecting women from gender-based violence and other health hazards, and they enable women to play an active role in the stabilization of societies affected by crisis and conflict.

The challenges women face in relation to the access and enjoyment of their housing, land and property rights is part of the broader gender inequalities that reflect many aspects of the Arab society. The Women and Land Campaign promoted by UN-Habitat, the Global Land Tool Network and the Arab Land Initiative aims at raising awareness on how to overcome such challenges and at empowering women to improve their housing, land and property rights while drawing the public’s attention to this important theme.

The Campaign is promoted by UN-Habitat, as part of its  mandate to achieve a better urban future for all, and by the partners of the Stand for Her Land Campaign, including the World Bank, the International Land Coalition, Landesa, and Habitat for Humanity.

Key Messages on Women and Land

Empower and Improve the Life of Women by Protecting their Land, Housing and Property Rights in the Arab Region.
Key Messages.Downloads: Arabic, English

Media Cards


When women have housing, land and property rights…
…they are more likely to enjoy a range of interconnected human rights, including adequate standard of living and protection from forced eviction.
English: Square, Landscape

Related Publications

Women and Land in the Muslim World: Pathways to increase access to land for the realization of development, peace and human rights

Download: Arabic, English

GLTN Gender Strategy (2019–2030): Towards Securing Women’s and Girls’ Land and Property Rights Gender evaluation criteria for large-scale land tools

Related Events

Second Arab Land Conference Expert Group Meeting on land tenure security and socio-economic development especially for women in the Arab region

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