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Why investing in women’s land rights helps overall gender equality

* Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Supporting women’s ability to own, manage and control land will help accelerate gender equality globally

By Karol Boudreaux

It is depressing, discouraging, infuriating – pick your word – to see the scale and scope of abuse and discrimination aimed at women and girls worldwide.

A few statistics stand out: 1 in three women will experience gender-based violence during their lives; 72% of the people who are trafficked are women and girls; women are likely to face higher risks and worse impacts from climate change ; and 40% of the world’s economies restrict women’s property rights .

And in the time of COVID-19, fallout from the pandemic is compounding threats to women’s safety and prosperity . The result? Economic, social and political opportunity is constrained for far too many.

There is good news despite this bleak picture. Today, most women are literate . In the US, women are outpacing men when it comes to earning college degrees (though women’s pay still lags). Women are starting and running more businesses worldwide, building stronger economies and asset bases for themselves and their families.How do we make sure […]

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