This toolkit gathers together information on ten tools successfully used by twelve members of the International Land Coalition (ILC) to ensure gender justice in relation to land by taking all necessary measures to pursue both de jure and de facto equality, enhancing the ability of women to defend their land rights and take an equal part in decision-making.
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Alternative reports are produced by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs) to complement or challenge an official report by
a state. Alternative reporting allows civil society to monitor the compliance of states with treaty obligations and to hold them accountable.
GENDER EVALUATION CRITERIA
The Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) are a matrix used to assess whether laws and policies are responsive to the needs of both women and men and to promote gender-responsive land governance. The tool uses sensitive indicators for evaluating the effectiveness of land laws by looking beyond technical indicators and considering the socio-cultural dimensions of gender.
PARTICIPATORY VIDEO MAKING
Participatory video-making is a tool for positive social change that empowers marginalised people to raise awareness and advocate for action by duty-bearers. It allows women to produce their own documentaries, thus shaping the issues according to their narrative. Participatory video-making is concerned less with aesthetic production values and focuses more on narrative and communicating people’s experiences to the target audience.
Legal aid uses legal clinics, legal training and awareness-raising campaigns to strengthen access to justice for women’s land rights. Specifically, legal competitions are used as a tool to raise awareness about women’s land right and paths for women to access justice.
Paralegals are part of legal aid for poor communities and contribute to fair and humane justice for women whose land rights are not secure. Paralegals have specialised legal training on women’s land rights issues and provide legal advice to women, at a lower cost than lawyers.
JOINT LAND TITLING
The fit-for-purpose (FFP) land administration tool consists of guiding principles for building structured spatial, legal and institutional frameworks to support the design of gender-sensitive land administration systems. The FFP tool is flexible and focuses on citizens’ needs in land administration systems by using participatory mapping and documentation of land ownership, access, use and control rights.
TRAINING AND ADVOCACY
Training and advocacy for gender-sensitive land laws and policies seeks to include and empower grassroots women’s groups and organisations in terms of advocacy to influence the formulation, review and implementation of policy in order to promote women’s land rights and advance economic rights and justice.
COMMUNITY BY LAWS
Community by-laws contain rules and regulations adopted by communities, laying out the rules for managing the community, including the elevation of women to leadership positions and participation in land-related decision-making.
ADVOCACY FOR JOINT LAND CERTIFICATES
Advocacy for Joint Land Certificates (JLCs) empowers grassroots women’s organisations to advocate for and influence the formulation and review of land-related laws to enable women to register as joint owners of land. With title to their lands, women have more secure livelihoods, increased bargaining power in land-related decision-making and improved incomes.
ADVOCACY FOR WOMEN'S INCLUSION
Advocacy for women’s inclusion in natural resource management seeks to promote women’s participation in formal and informal decision-making structures and governance processes related to natural resource management. The tool uses formal and informal means to empower women to participate in land-related decision-making processes by creating enabling conditions and removing barriers to their participation and by building their capacity in productive and sustainable use of natural resources.
How to use the toolkit
Each section describes the characteristics of the tool: its goal, actors involved, the ILC members that have used it, the expected outcomes of the tool’s use, and a step-by- step practical guide to implementation. The stories at the end of each section summarise aspects of good practice connected with the tool’s use by one or more ILC members and partners. Tools can be adapted to different contexts or needs. By using the available links, it is possible to access more information about each tool and to get in touch with ILC members that have used it.
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