Power and Potential: New Report on Women’s Rights to Community Forests

May 25, 2017

New report from Rights and Resources Institute video produced by If Not Us Then Who?

“Up to 2.5 billion people hold and use the world’s community lands, yet the tenure rights of women—who comprise more than half the population of the world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities—are seldom acknowledged or protected by national laws. Although gender norms and women’s forest tenure security vary widely across community-based tenure systems, this analysis concludes that national laws and regulations on the rights of indigenous and rural women to inheritance, community membership, community-level governance, and community-level dispute resolution are consistently unjust, falling far below the requirements of international law and related standards.”

Find out more: http://rightsandresources.org/en/publication/power-and-potential