Women Empowerment for Sustainable Land Management
The side event intends to raise the proﬁle of gender empowerment and to mainstream gender considerations into sustainable land management (SLM) policies and practices, by showcasing best practices and successful initiatives on women empowerment and sustainable land management. Human development, as a process of widening people’s choices, cannot occur when the choices of half of humanity are restricted. This is particularly true in SLM: although women are the main caretakers of the land and its resources, they have less access to extension services, do not fully beneﬁt from credit schemes, and are often penalized by the accumulation of domestic and productive chores.
Although in many developing countries, women (as farmers and pastoralists) are primarily responsible for household food production, they still face formidable barriers in their eﬀorts to claim an equitable role in decision-making concerning land resources. The side event will be used to share with COP attendees, details about women-led initiatives that have been successful in mobilizing and empowering women living in drylands, and that have resulted in sustainable land agriculture and harvesting practices. Such initiatives are crucial to the strengthening of key actors at the local level and therefore paramount to the development of inclusive UNCCD-promoted Action Programs to help combat desertification.