The Development Impact of Gender Equality in Land Rights
This chapter addresses gender disparities in land rights. It also determines the reasons why secure rights to land generally improve sustainable development and human well-being. In addition, it discusses gender disparities in the control of land and some of the factors that underlie these disparities. Moreover, it reports the specific gains to be derived by insuring gender equality in rights to land. It makes policy recommendations to improve women's titling to land and the benefits that this secure titling can bring. General determinants that are significant across a variety of settings are: inheritance laws, either customary or statutory; the manner in which land reforms are affected; the concept of the ‘head of household’ and its application in land titling; and the economic inequality of males and females in land markets. The data indicated that greater gender equality in land rights helps to empower women and enhances economic growth and human well-being.
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