UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) have developed a training guide to raise awareness among land practitioners about the importance of women’s housing, land, and property rights in fragile contexts. The guide aims to shed light on the challenges women face and how these impact their well-being and empowerment.

It provides key information on legal frameworks, policies, and best practices to help practitioners incorporate a gender-responsive approach in their work. “Women’s housing, land, and property (HLP) rights” refer to the rights of all women and girls to housing, land, and property.

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The guide draws on the field experiences of UN-Habitat and GLTN partners in various fragile and conflict-affected areas. It also includes information from relevant literature and research, such as the 2018 report “Women and Land in the Muslim World: Pathways to increase access to land for the realization of development, peace, and human rights”.

Although it highlights experiences from Muslim-majority countries, the content is applicable globally to all fragile contexts. The manual includes support materials such as land tools and manuals developed by UN-Habitat and GLTN.

This manual is designed for a wide range of individuals, including land professionals and practitioners in the development and humanitarian sectors. This includes government officials, members of civil society organizations, NGOs, women’s and youth organizations, cultural and religious groups, elders, religious leaders, and land professionals.

The guide is organized into five modules, each covering a different topic essential to provide needed learning materials, best practices, case studies, information for facilitators and training organizers, and tools to support the training events. The modules are:

Module 1 – Why do women’s housing, land and property rights matter?

Module 2 – What protects women’s housing, land and property rights

Module 3 – How women access housing, land and property: mapping challenges and opportunities

Module 4 – Creating an enabling environment

Module 5 – Monitoring and measuring progress

The modules can be used as a reference tool and as source material for training workshops or discussion sessions. The modules can also serve as a toolkit for a dedicated 3–4-day training course.

The guide is relevant for both humanitarian and development actors and highlights the importance of involving these groups, particularly women, to promote and secure women’s HLP rights.