A Comparative Analysis of National Laws and Regulations Concerning Women’s Rights to Community Forests

RRI | Power and Potential: Comparative Analysis Concerning Women's Rights to Community Forests

COMING 25 May 2017

RRI’s forthcoming legal analysis examines if and how national laws and regulations concerning community-based forest tenure recognize the rights of indigenous and rural women.

Scope: 30 low and middle income countries (LMICs) in Africa, Asia, and Latin America collectively encompassing 78 percent of the world’s LMIC forests

Rights and Indicators Assessed:

Constitutional Equal Protection Constitutional
Equal Protection
Women's Property Rights Affirmation of Women’s
Property Rights
Inheritance Inheritance
 MembershipMembership Voting Voting  LeadershipLeadership Dispute Resolution Dispute Resolution

For more than a decade, RRI has tracked the amount of forestland legally recognized as owned by Indigenous Peoples and local communities, creating an unprecedented global baseline. RRI has since expanded the dataset to include all land types and carbon rights, with upcoming work on community rights to water. With Power and Potential, RRI establishes a baseline on women’s rights to community forests, expanding the dataset once more. The report analyzes eight legal entitlements that are essential to women’s rights to a variety of community resources. Consequently, this analysis of women’s rights to community forests may also shed light on the state of women’s statutory rights to community lands more broadly. RRI’s suite of groundbreaking analyses are an essential tool to measure progress on global goals, assess setbacks, and inform advocacy efforts across the world.

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