The Working Group for women and land ownership
The Working Group for women and land ownership (WGWLO), is a network of 41 NGOs, CBOs and individuals in Gujarat, working on the issue of agriculture land ownership from livelihood, security, rights and empowerment angle for women. These are CBOs and NGOs spread in more than 15 districts of Gujarat, working at the rural grass roots level since 2003.
Though there are three main ways by which women can own land – inheritance, state transfers and from the market – 86% of arable land in India is privately owned. Hence a focus on private land and inheritance rights of women becomes critical. It is also essential to engage with inheritance rights in land, to ensure that land received through other sources - state transfers and from the market - do not pass on only to male heirs in the succeeding generation.
To work to increase women's ownership of land by facilitating the proper implementation of the existing laws of the Government of Gujarat.
To influence the government and the non-government agencies/persons, including the media, to help mainstream the issue of women & land ownership.
To undertake advocacy for legal reformation of the laws of the Government of Gujarat that hinder women owning land in their own name.