Women’s Land Rights: Research Findings from Pakistan (PP-18)

Women’s Land Rights: Research Findings from Pakistan (PP-18)

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  • Monday | 01 Nov, 2010
  • Saba Gul Khattak, Nazish Brohi, Wajiha Anwar
  • Research Reports,Project Publications
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Saba Gul Khattak, Nazish Brohi and Wajiha Anwar November 2010  

Women’s land ownership and control have important connections with their empowerment in Pakistan’s agricultural context. However, the link between these has largely remained unexplored; and there has been negligible research to determine how many women own or control land in Pakistan. The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) carried out a multiple part research to fill this knowledge gap and to examine the causality behind women’s land ownership and empowerment. This research focuses on women’s rights vis-à-vis the inheritance framework of private agrarian land; it does not encompass private residential or commercial property, neither does it cover other possible means of land acquisition by women like purchase or gift.

 The research spans rural areas across all four provinces of Pakistan, drawing on national laws, existing policies, literature review and field work. The qualitative data has been gathered through interviews, surveys, focus group discussions, life histories, narratives and case studies.