Women’s Land Rights in Rwanda: How Can They Be Protected and Strengthened as the Land Law is Implemented?


Brown, Jennifer, and Justine Uvuza. 2006. Women’s Land Rights in Rwanda: How can they be protected and strengthened as the Land Law is implemented? Seattle: Rural Development Institute.

Authors: Jennifer Brown, Justine Uvuza


This report discusses the importance of strengthening women’s rights to land in Rwanda, a country where civil war, genocide and HIV/AIDS have resulted in female-headed households constituting 30 percent of all households in the country. As in much of the developing world, women in Rwanda are heavily involved in and dependent on agriculture. However, despite women’s dependence on land, their access to land generally hinges on their relationships with their birth or marital families and they rarely hold land in their own right. Women in Rwanda still face customary restrictions on land acquisition. The report provides research findings of women’s current land rights, including the rights of women widowed from HIV/AIDS and the Rwandan genocide. The report also discusses Rwanda’s new body of land legislation, RDI’s efforts to develop complementary land legislation to ensure that women’s land rights are taken into careful account, and suggested next steps. (Abstract from Zunia)

Topics: Gender, Women, Rights, Land Rights Regions: Africa, Central Africa, East Africa Countries: Rwanda

Year: 2006

© 2023 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at info@genderandsecurity.org.