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Sustainable Development Goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Gender inequality is pervasive across the world and progress is halted or declining on all but a few indicators.  Mounting evidence shows that advancements in gender equality could have a profoundly positive impact on social and environmental well-being—and vice versa—if managed well. But if not managed properly, some environment projects can actually worsen gender inequality.

At WRI we actively seek opportunities to draw on these insights in our work. WRI’s Gender and Social Equity Initiative works across WRI to ensure that gender and equity issues are incorporated into our research and analysis to ensure that we not only ‘do no harm,’ but that we advance gender equality. WRI research and stakeholder engagement identifies and advances enabling conditions for women’s meaningful participation in decision-making (SDG 5.5) and equitable access to resources (SDG 5.1, SDG 5.A, SDG 5.C). Our Land and Resource Rights Practice promotes women’s equal rights to govern, use and benefit from land and resources within indigenous and customary communities, including those governed by collective tenure systems.


Advancing women’s land right rights is critical to achieving gender equality. But WRI’s new working paper A Fair Share for Women: Toward More Equitable Land Compensation and Resettlement in Tanzania and Mozambique finds that, despite constitutional commitments to gender equality, governments in Tanzania and Mozambique are not protecting women from harmful commercial land deals. State officials’ failure to close gaps in land laws and overhaul ineffective regulations shortchanges women who receive little to no payment for their families’ land, while attempts to amplify women’s voices in community land decision-making are also falling short.

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