Shelter Report focuses on the need for gender equality in land rights
ATLANTA, United States (October 8, 2015) — Falicia Yavira lives with her five children in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where one-fifth of families are headed by women. When her husband passed away, they were at risk of losing their home because Yavira’s name was not listed on the property title.
Like Yavira, thousands of women experience globally significant inequality in securing property rights, as examined by Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Shelter Report, “Level the Field: Ending Gender Inequality in Land Rights”.
The report outlines the growing need for affordable housing around the world and the role of secure land rights in ensuring that everyone has a decent place to live.
“One of the greatest challenges we see facing families all around the world is the stress of knowing that they might lose their home because someone else claims ownership of the land it is built on,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.
“Women who lack secure tenure rights are extremely vulnerable to eviction and the negative impacts of insecure housing. However, when women are assured of their land rights and begin to invest in their homes and the areas in which they live, we have seen what a difference they can make in the lives of their families and in the strength of their communities.”
Having a secure right to land is a necessary first step to adequate housing. Decent and secure housing can spark a positive cycle of benefits for women and their families by providing a healthier living environment, economic and social empowerment, improved health and well-being and resilience to survive and recover from conflict or disaster. This impact also extends to their children.
The report also offers several recommendations for increasing women’s access to secure land rights. Highlights include formal legal and policy reform; education and training for community, customary and religious leaders; and incorporating gender-specific strategies into the work of granting and lending agencies supporting development.
The 2016 Shelter Report is now available online at:
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitatlatino.org