Gender and Land Rights Database

United Kingdom

Civil society and indigenous people’s organizations advocating for equality of land rights

- The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) represents the farmers and growers of England and Wales and is the largest farming organization in the country. Its central objective is to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, while ensuring the long-term viability of rural communities. NFU provides professional representation and services to its farmer and grower members. NFU was founded in 1908 and is not affiliated with any political party.
In response to increasing demands and time pressures on farmers and growers, the NFU increased its support services, offering help with legal, planning and taxation matters, marketing and food promotion.
NFU CallFirst also provides every member with unlimited access to no-fee professional and legal support on business matters from in-house specialists. http://www.nfuonline.com/

 

- Rural Community Network (RCN) is a regional Northern Ireland voluntary organization established by community groups from rural areas in 1991 to articulate the voice of rural communities on issues relating to poverty, disadvantage and equality.
It delivered “The Women Participating in Rural Development Programme” which was awarded funding of £453 750 under the EU Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity (PBSP) in 2004. Grants of up to £7 500 have been made available to community organizations to support the capacity building of rural women and to initiate social, economic and environmental projects designed, delivered and managed by rural women (17). http://www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org/

 

- The mission of the Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) as a Northern Ireland regional organization is to advance women’s equality and participation in society by working to bring about social, political and economic change for women. WRDA works to influence the emergence and implementation of strategies and policies to empower women at local, regional and international levels and to sustain women’s work in rural areas. http://www.wrda.net/index.php

 

- South Armagh Rural Women’s Network (SARWN) is a voluntary organization established in Northern Ireland by local women to articulate the voice of rural women. Formed in 1999, it is a membership organization with over 25 member groups. The organization works with women’s groups and individual women providing a range of information, advice and support, such as funding advice for groups who wish to apply for project costs, grassroots local support for women and contacts with a varied range of service and education providers, funders, local women’s groups and community associations. http://www.sarwn.org/index.asp

 

- Women in Agriculture is a local organization located in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, which aims to provide recognition for the role and contribution of women engaged in the agricultural industry and to address the difficulties that farms have in being viable and sustainable within the community. The programme of the organization was developed to target women directly involved and engaged in the farming community within County Fermanagh. http://www.womeninagriculture.com/aboutus.php

 

- Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is the governmental national umbrella of the Rural Community Action Network, which operates at national, regional and local levels in support of rural communities across the country. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has invested in the Rural Community Action Network under a three-year contract, administered by ACRE, to deliver strategic advocacy on behalf of rural communities. http://www.acre.org.uk/

Local decision-making organizations and women’s representation in them

- Due to equal opportunity policies, the representation of women in local authorities has shown significant improvement, particularly since the mid-1980s. In 2004, women represented almost 29 percent of the local councillors in England and Wales and comprised 63 percent of the local government workforce (17).



- Community Land Trusts are independent non-profit trusts which own or control land and facilities in perpetuity for the benefit of the community (24).



- Rural Community Councils – also called Community Action or Voluntary Action – are countywide organizations that support sustainable rural community development and improve the quality of life for rural communities. They are partly funded through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) (24).

Legal Information and capacity development on land rights

- Agricultural education and training are open equally to men and women and many women farm in their own rights or as partners with family members (36).

 

- The Northern Ireland Rural Women’s Network offers support to new and existing groups of women in rural areas. This support takes many forms including training, action planning and fundraising. Self-training, skills training and group training courses are offered.
“Get on Board” is a short course aimed at women who are interested in serving on the boards of public bodies and having their voices heard at a strategic level. http://www.nirwn.org.uk/default.asp

Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography