Legal pluralism in Madagascar: can customary and statutory law be reconciled to promote women’s land rights?

For those of you following issues of land rights and gender, this ILC discussion for you!

Online discussion, 3-14 June 2013

Country focus: Madagascar
Topic: Legal pluralism

Introduction  

Launched in 2010, the Gender and Land Rights Database (GLRD) was developed with civil society organizations, national statistics authorities, academics and other sources to highlight the major political, legal and cultural factors that influence the realization of women’s land rights throughout the world. The GLRD is a practical tool for policy makers and advocates of women’s land rights, providing relevant arguments and information to support processes aiming at more gender-equitable land tenure.

Expert and civil society contributions are essential to the proper functioning of the database as they help generate quality information to users. To this end, you are invited to take part in the on-line discussion that will be held through the Land Portal on 3-14 June 2013. 

The subject of the discussion will be “Legal pluralism in Madagascar: can customary and statutory law be reconciled to promote women’s land rights?”.

As Madagascar is moving into Phase II of its tenure reform, it provides an interesting case study of how legal pluralism may restrict or promote women’s access to land.

Your contributions are expected to provide valuable input from the field that will feed relevant sections of the database. In particular, the discussion should help identify key initiatives in Madagascar that preserve and promote women’s land rights in the context of legal pluralism.

The discussion will be facilitated by experts from FAO, ILC, Landesa and the Observatoire du Foncier in Madagascar. The discussion will be run in French but we welcome contributions in English.Contributions in English will be synthesized and translated on a regular basis.

How can I contribute? 
If you already have an account, log-in on the Land Portal and answer to one or more questions posed by the facilitators. If you are not a member yet, sign-up before posting your comments.

For more information on the Gender and Land Rights Database, please visit the website or contactNaomi.Kenney@fao.org or AnaPaula.DelaOCampos@fao.org

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