While estimating the effective ownership of women over land, a conservative estimate reveals that not more than 4 percent (ranging between 2% and 4%) of land in rural Bangladesh is owned by women (Barakatet.al.: 2014). The complexity and magnitude of issues pertaining to land administration and management in Bangladesh cannot be overstated. For example, multiple claims to the same property are widespread. Land grabbing presents serious legal and governance related challenges.
In order to bring out grass root level experiences of women landowners and fisher-folk communities in one platform and to influence inherited rights, 14 local level Women Rights and Women-led organisations are facilitating a network. Currently network members are representing all of the eight divisions in Bangladesh by sharing their field level experiences and evidences.
The expected outcomes of the network are as follows:
- Land laws and administration is women friendly improved based on the grass root level experiences and research evidence in Bangladesh
- Further influence for equality in inherited rights and propose alternatives through increased participation and representation at the local and national level