Landless women farmers receive land tenancy for the first time in Pakistan

Fecha: viernes, 29 de enero de 2016

Durdana is a young widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers and sharecroppers who have received land tenancy rights for the first time in their lives.

Durdana, a once landless woman farmer, proudly shows off her land and Land Tenancy Agreement in Dadu District, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Photo: UN Women/Faria Salman
Durdana, a once landless woman farmer, proudly shows off her land and Land Tenancy Agreement in Dadu District, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Photo: UN Women/Faria Salman

Speaking of her new status, Durdana shares that farming is her life: “I do not know anything else but working in the fields. Who could think a poor female widow like me would be given land! For the first time in my life I can say something is mine. This land, as far as the eye can see is mine — this paper says so. This is my land and I am its queen.”

UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with local partners Baanhn Beli and Gorakh Foundation, is working with 1,214 vulnerable rural women farmers, like Durdana, to acquire land tenancy rights from their feudal and tribal landholders. These landless women farmers were trained and mentored to prepare tenancy agreements and landholding maps with their male landlords.

In the process, they have gained a viable livelihood option that could take them out of poverty and enable their upward social mobility.

Read the full story on UN Women’s regional website for Asia and the Pacific: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2016/01/landless-women-farmers-receive-land-tenancy-for-the-first-time