Gendered Terrain: Women’s Rights and Access to Land in Africa

IDRC is hosting a policy symposium, “Gendered Terrain: Women’s Rights and Access to Land in Africa” in Nairobi, Kenya on 14-16 September 2010. The event will provide a forum for researchers from across Africa to share their findings and policy recommendations, engage with policy makers to facilitate policy influence, and promote the development of sub-regional networks. It will enable researchers to share their findings with relevant African stakeholders including key government policy makers, civil society activists, and regional and international agencies. Read more here.


4 Responses

  1. Hello,
    Thank you very much for mentioning IDRC’s symposium on women’s land rights across Africa! IDRC will be developing a set of policy recommendations at the end of the conference, which I would be happy to share with you. I would also be happy to share any media coverage of this critical issue that will be coming out in the next few days – please let me know if you think it might be beneficial to your readers. Finally, IDRC will be documenting the conference through video and social media – perhaps this might also be of interest to you and your readers? We’re at and Warmly, Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, Senior Media Advisory, IDRC,

  2. Hi Isabelle,
    Thanks for the compliments. I am happy to entertain the report and any other pertinent documentation emanating from this vital conference. Moving forward I am also hoping to engage with your organisation on initiatives and dialogues that specifically target women participation in agriculture and rural development processes across Africa. The engagement of civil societies in this topical debate will hopefully engrain the notion that there is no credible development without involvement of women and the youth.

  3. Hi Leslie –
    Thanks for your feedback, and I’ll be sure to share all the results and papers from the conference! We’ll stay in touch! Warmly, Isabelle

  4. Hi Leslie,
    In September 2010, IDRC organized a symposium that brought 140 researchers to Nairobi, Kenya, to share the findings of research on women’s rights and access to land in Africa.

    IDRC has published a new book as a result of that conference, Women and Land: Securing Rights for Better Lives, drawn almost entirely from the work of 24 IDRC-supported research teams in Africa. The book also reflects those researchers’ commitment to advancing women’s rights and access to land by formulating concrete policy recommendations that can lead to social change.

    The book is available free for download in English at and in French at

    I would also highly recommend this website: This website assembles a variety of resources on women and land rights. Including videos, case studies, research reports, and books, the site presents results of IDRC-supported research and the important lessons that have been learned.

    Best, Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, Senior Media Advisor/IDRC

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