“During his remarks at the Open Ended Working Group meeting in Rome, Dr. Gregory Myers, the USAID senior advisor for Land Tenure and Property who is the chair of the OEWG, pointed out that it is particularly important to ensure land rights for women. Dr. Myers said, ‘Women, who frequently have fewer rights than men, have greater challenges gaining access to productive resources and are more often victims of resource grabbing.’”
“Dr. Myers also quoted a recent study by the International Development Law Organization (ILDO) (stating, ‘(if) secure access to natural resources is a pre-requisite for women’s active participation, then articulating well-defined property rights that enhance women’s capacity to contribute to the national economy is essential for economic development. Access to land facilitates women’s bargaining power within their household… (and) women’s right to have control over land and what it produces diminishes the household’s risk of poverty; (it) increases agricultural productivity because they can be more secure that their investment in the land will be returned; is necessary for justice for them.’”
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