Protecting and promoting women’s land rights in the face of Covid-19 and beyond

Land is a critical resource for rural women and men. Yet around the world, women remain significantly disadvantaged with regards to their right to land. Even when they are recognized as the primary users, they often lack ownership or control of the land or its economic outputs. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to exacerbate this inequality.

The webinar will discuss the importance of women’s land rights for the achievement of the SDG agenda in terms of the eradication of food insecurity, poverty and the achievement of gender equality, as well as the measures that can be adopted to foster gender equitable land tenure rights. It will highlight good practices, lessons learned, as well as challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s land rights during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

This event constitutes the third virtual dialogue on Parliamentary action for gender equality and resilient food systems in response to COVID-19 organized by FAO in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Oxfam.



  • H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the Africa Union Commission
  • His Majesty Mfumbu Difima Ntinu, Traditional King of Congo, President of the Forum for African Traditional Authorities
  • Hon. Nyinawamwiza Laetitia, Senate of Rwanda
  • Hon. Teddy Mwambire, Member of Parliamentary Committee on Lands and Fiscal Planning, Kenya
  • Hon. Gertrude Nduku Nguku, Vice Chair National Land Commission, Kenya
  • Mr. Jobo Samba, Head of the National Land Policy Unit and VGGT Secretariat in Sierra Leone
  • Mrs. Martha Osorio, Gender and Rural Development Officer, FAO
  • Mrs. Karol Boudreaux, Chief Program, Landesa
  • Mrs. Esther Mwaura-Muiru, Founder of GROOTS Kenya and ILC Global Women Land Rights Manager
  • Mrs. Neloum MBaigoto, Campaign Director for Chad without Hunger, Oxfam, Chad

The event will be moderated by Marcela Villareal, Director of the Division of Partnerships and UN Collaboration, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Francine Picard, Policy Officer, IISD


Practical information:

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020

Time: 10:30 AM – 1.00 PM CEST (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna)

Event hashtag: #ParliamentAction2020

Simultaneous translation into French and English will be available. Please use the link below to register and attend the meeting: