Fighting for secure land tenure and property rights
Advocacy is another means we use to assist families in need of safe and decent homes, campaigning for legal changes in government policy and practice in order to promote affordable housing as well as equal land and property rights for everyone.
- 1 in 3 urban dwellers in the developing world live in slums
- 1 billion people live in slums (that’s 1 in 7 people on the planet!)
- 1 billion new houses are needed by 2020 to accommodate 50 million new urban dwellers per year.
- 2 billion people will live in slums by 2030
What is secure tenure
Secure tenure refers to the ability to use and control the use of land without the fear of eviction or penalty. It’s the peace of mind of knowing that your home won’t be taken away without warning.
Having safe land tenure is a huge incentive for residents to make sustainable and long-lasting improvements to their home. In other words, people invest in their own home and in their community – because they know that their homes won’t be unexpectedly taken away from them.
Women make up more than half the global population, produce the majority of the global food supply and perform 60-80% of the agricultural work in developing countries, and yet they own significantly less titled land than men worldwide.
Despite recent progress in some countries, women continue to face significant legal and social obstacles to enjoying the full and direct benefits of land reform programmes because of discriminatory laws and norms with regards to land ownership, titling and inheritance.
Whoever owns the land calls the shots. Women inheriting land and gaining title is rare — too rare — especially when constitutions across the world say both men and women are equal. Lynette Injette, country director, Habitat for Humanity Kenya
Why campaign for women’s property rights?
- Families headed by single mothers are considered among the most at risk both socially and economically. The situation is even worse if they lack secure tenure to their home.
- A huge portion of women still face discrimination from unfair laws that prevent them from owning land.
- Women tend to share the benefit of improved tenure security with the whole family, which is especially important for creating a more stable environment for their children