Gender and Law

Lorenzo Cotula, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Legal Office Staff (Contribution by)
Women are a substantial part of the agricultural workforce, yet despite international laws to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of gender, they often face entrenched obstacles to realising an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families. This study examines the gender dimension of agriculture-related legislation in a selection of different countries, focusing on the legal status of women in three key areas: rights to land and other natural resources; rights of women agricultural workers; and rights concerning women's agricultural self-employment activities, ranging from women's status in rural co-operatives to their access to credit, training and extension services.


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