Women in half of the countries in the world are still unable to assert equal land and property rights. In many countries, laws and social norms put women and girls at a disadvantage, as it pertains to land use, transfer and inheritance. Factors such as customary law, poor policies, low awareness among women about their own rights and poor access to legal services, fear of violence and threats by male relatives, prevent women from fighting for their inheritance rights.
Divorced, separated women, widows and orphans are often left homeless and destitute after the separation or death of their husband or father. The denial of land rights to women violates their human rights. This contributes to poverty, displacement and exploitation. Despite local and international support and commitments, women continue to be denied equal rights to access, use, inherit, control, and own land.