Advancing Women’s Land and Resource Rights

Jeanne Mukasini is one of 79 Decentralised Vine Mulitpliers supported by The International Potato Centre in Rwanda. The advantage of having a local DVM means that farmers dont have to travel great distances to obtain high quality vines of OFSP. Jeanne's farm is now growing enough vines she has a team of workers helping her. "I am proud of my work because even my workers have greatly benefited from what I do. Some have bought goats, cows, all from the wages I pay them after working on my farm," Jeanne says. Hugh Rutherford for CIP.

Learn to design and deliver policies and programs that advance women’s land rights in an accredited ten-week online course. Explore what works to advance women’s land and resource rights and address gender inequality. Gain expert insights into how to avoid the unintended and harmful consequences of gender-neutral thinking in land laws, policies, and programs. Learn in small groups amongst peers working at the forefront of change.

This course is in English (translation and interpretation available for other languages)

What will you learn?

  • Frame key concepts for women’s land tenure security that have depth and nuance
  • Distinguish gender issues related to collective tenure vs. individual tenure
  • Recognize common barriers to women’s meaningful participation in land governance, consultation, or decision-making bodies and how they can be tackled
  • Analyze gender-specific issues on customary tenure, indigenous peoples’ and local community lands and territories
  • Spot red flags for women’s rights to land and resources in family, succession, religious, and personal formal laws
  • Find hidden obstacles to women’s rights in land and property laws and beyond a right to inherit and marital property
  • Understand the conditions when joint titling of marital property works (or doesn’t) for women
  • Identify barriers and opportunities for women in accessing land related justice
  • Connecting gender and land rights to development projects where land is not the primary focus including climate change, extractives, gender-based violence, and agricultural development.

What resources do you need to do it?

Internet access

More about this training

Course Overview

This is a course focused on practical learning for people who want to:

• Design and deliver programs and policies that advance women’s rights to land and resources and address gender inequality.

• Avoid unintended and harmful consequences of gender- neutral thinking in land/ resource laws, policies, and programs.

Course Topics

• Women’s Land and Resources rights: A Conceptual Framework

• Legal and Policy Issues: How to Look for and Identify Barriers Beyond a Right to Inherit and Joint Ownership of Marital Property

• Gender Issues Related to Collective Tenure vs. Individual Tenure

• Barriers and Opportunities for Women in Resource Governance

• Situational Assessments: What to Look for and What to Red Flag

• How to Find and Use Research to Support Legal and Policy Arguments

• What Common Barriers to Women’s Participation Should be Addressed in Every Intervention

• Customary Tenure, Indigenous Peoples Rights, and Identifying and Addressing Gender Specific Issues

• Addressing Gender and Land Rights Issues in Development Projects Where Land Is Not the Primary Focus (i.e. climate change, conservation, extractives, gender-based violence, and agricultural and rural development).

Course participants

Open to applicants globally (translation and interpretation available)

• National and regional NGOs working on women’s land rights, women’s rights, land rights, resource governance, women’s economic empowerment, etc.

• International NGOs working on women’s land rights, women’s rights, land rights, resource governance, women’s economic empowerment, etc.

• Government agencies/ departments (e.g. those working on land, gender, family, climate change, environment, indigenous rights).

• Program officers or Grantees from donor agencies and philanthropy organizations with strategies that touch on women’s land rights, women’s rights, land rights, resource governance, women’s economic empowerment, etc.

• Gender focal points on large land and resource related projects.


  • Two courses offered per year in April and September
  • 100% online  
  • 105 minute classes 
  • Every week for 10 weeks
  • Tuition: $1200 USD (Tuition support available on request)

  • Upon completion attendees will receive a micro-credential certification endorsed by key land sector actors in global development

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Resource Equity directly at institute[at]

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