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Click on the map below to see how land rights impact the lives of women around the world.


Women represent half of the global population, produce the majority of the world’s food supply, perform 60% to 80% of the agricultural work in emerging economies, and yet women own less than 20% of land worldwide.

15 Countries

Where women do not have equal ownership rights to property

34 Countries

Where daughters do not have equal inheritance rights

35 Countries

Where widows do not have equal inheritance rights by law

90 Countries

Where customs inhibit women’s access to land

Sub-Saharan Africa


Women in Agricultural Labor


Women Agricultural Land Holders



Women in Agricultural Labor


Women Agricultural Land Holders

Middle East and North Africa


Women in Agricultural Labor


Women Agricultural Land Holders

Women, families, and communities all benefit when women have rights to inherit and own the land they rely on.

Women with strong rights to inherit land earn up to 3.8 times more income.

Children whose mothers own land are up to 33% less likely to be severely underweight.

Families where women own more land devote more of their budget to education.

Women who own more land are up to 8 time less likely to experience domestic violence.

Where women’s property and inheritance rights are stronger, women’s individual savings are up to 35 percent greater.

Children in households where women own land are up to 10% less likely to be sick.

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Video: Starting With Women

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