UNIFEM-UNCHS(Habitat) Parallel Event
for Realizing Women's Right to Land and Property "Peace
for Homes, Homes for Peace" Dag Hammerksjold Auditorium,
8 June 2001,
1.15 to 3.15 pm
In recent years, women's land and property rights have received
considerable attention within the United Nations system.
The Global Platform for Action emanating from the World
Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 acknowledged
that women's right to inheritance and ownership of land
and property should be recognized.
Habitat Agenda adopted at the Habitat II Conference held
in Istanbul in 1996 includes commitments from governments
to "providing legal security of tenure and equal access
to land to all people, including women... and undertaking
legislative and administrative reforms to give women full
and equal access to economic resources, including the right
to inheritance and ownership of land and other property…"
1997, the UN Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination
and the Protection of Minorities and the UN Commission on
Human Rights have passed several resolutions on women's
right to adequate housing, and to land and property. Further,
UN General Assembly has recently passed a resolution on
the subject of women, peace and security.
objective of the Panel Discussion is to discuss the way
forward in promoting and realizing women's rights to land
Noeleen Heyzer , Executive Director, UNIFEM
Moderator: Diana Lee-Smith , Special Advisor on Gender
Introductory Remarks: by UNIFEM and UNCHS (Habitat)
1. Monitoring the implementation of the Rights to Adequate
Housing for All, by Miloon Kothari, Special Rapporteur on
the Right to Adequate Housing
2. Follow up to the UN Resolution of April 2001 on: " Women's
equal ownership of, access to and control over land and
the equal rights to own property and to adequate housing"
by Leilani Farha, Coordinator Women's Housing Rights Programme,
Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)
3. "Land Rites": Innovative Approaches to Secure Tenure
for the Urban poor by Geoffrey Payne, Coordinator, DFID
funded International Research Project
4. Country case: Bolivia by Sonia Montagno, Chief, UNIFEM
Latin America and Caribbean Bureau.
5. Women's rights to land and property in conflict and post-conflict
situations. Presentations from East Timor; Rwanda; Women
for Peace Network.
UNCHS, Global Campaign on Secure Tenure; UNIFEM; COHRE-WHRP;
Women For Peace Network; Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights (OHCHR); Department for International Development-DFID-United
Kingdom/International Research Project on Secure Tenure
Focal point persons: