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Property and Inheritance Laws: The Impact on Women and OVC in the Context of HIV

This paper focuses on women, girls, and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and the formal and informal discrimination they face under property and inheritance laws. It provides an overview of the importance of considering property and inheritance laws in the context of the HIV epidemic, and then examines existing evidence to assess the...


Protecting the Land and Inheritance Rights of HIV-Affected Women in Kenya and Uganda: A Compendium of Current Programmatic and Monitoring and Evaluation Approaches

The compendium provides a review of programs working at the intersection of HIV and women's property and inheritance rights in Kenya and Uganda, countries that have been heavily affected by the HIV epidemic and subsequently are experiencing a high occurrence of property grabbing and disinheritance from widows and orphans. It includes descriptions...


Engendering Access to Justice: Grassroots Women's Approaches to Securing Land Rights

This Report documents the results of a community-based research project on how grassroots women in Africa address key development challenges using innovative approaches for achieving justice in relation to land disputes and gender-based violence brought about by disinheritance and gender discrimination. The Report documents the main strategies that...


Securing Women's Land and Property Rights- A Critical Step to Address HIV, Violence, and Food Security

This brief examines the importance of women's land and property rights in the contexts of HIV and AIDS, violence against women, and food security. Land and property rights increase women's autonomy—decreasing their dependence on men and entrapment in abusive relationships, enabling greater control over sexual relations, and improving their ability...


Securing Women's Right to Land and Livelihoods: A Key to Ending Hunger and Fighting AIDS

This briefing paper discusses the many challenges of food insecurity in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and gender equality. The report covers various topics that pertain particularly to women living with HIV or affected by HIV; these include: barriers to women's farming, women's land rights, economic and social empowerment, violence against...


Gender, Property Rights and Livelihoods in the Era of AIDS

This report summarizes the findings of a technical meeting convened by FAO to discuss issues pertaining to gender, property rights, and livelihoods in the era of AIDS. A small group of partners from the UN, NGOs and research institutions addressed the following areas; all of which are discussed in further detail throughout this publication: 1)...


Protecting Women’s Land and Property Rights in the Context of AIDS

This publication covers gender and property rights, the impact of AIDS on property rights, laws, policies and programs to promote widows’ and orphans’ property rights. The piece also includes women and children’s knowledge, life skills and participation, as well lessons and recommendations.  


Women's Property Rights as an AIDS Response: Emerging Efforts in South Asia

This report highlights programs that work through legal and cultural mechanisms to prevent women from being dispossessed and impoverished due to HIV and AIDS. Evidence shows that a complex, comprehensive strategy is needed to link women's property rights with HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, counseling and care services.  


To Have and to Hold: Women's Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

As the AIDS epidemic continues to ravage communities across the developing world, households affected by HIV/AIDS face difficult choices as their limited resources are increasingly diverted to the costs of care and treatment. This paper seeks to examine the link between HIV/AIDS and women's property rights - if women's lack of rights increases...


Double Standards: Women's Property Rights Violations in Kenya

Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, women’s rights to own, inherit, and control property are under constant attack from discriminatory laws and customs. These violations perpetuate women’s inequality, undermine the fight against HIV/AIDS, and doom development efforts. This report documents women’s property rights abuses in Kenya, where the raging...