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Welcome to WGWLO

The Working Group for women and land ownership

The Working Group of Women for Land Ownership (WGWLO) is Gujarat state based network committed to sustained grassroots action and policy advocacy around the issue of women’s land rights, including access and ownership over Land and other productive resources. Initiated in 2002, WGWLO today has a diverse membership of more than 40 NGOs and CBO (community based organization) and individuals with varied expertise, across 17 out of total 33 districts of Gujarat.

In its 15 years of functioning, WGWLO has been successfully able to address the issue of women’s land ownership from the perspectives of women’s rights and empowerment as well as livelihood enhancement. Since 2009 onward, expansion of land rights agenda has come into practice – from women’s ownership of private land, the network has expanded land rights of women to public land including forest land, common land and government land from a gender perspective. The agenda of land rights and right to productive resource was gradually elaborated and consolidated by working with women farmers for sustainable agriculture. The Network uses its collective strength to lobby for change at various levels through forging strategic alliances with existing other Networks, influencing Government and non-Government agencies, and mass media.

The three main ways by which women can own land, they are – inheritance and partition of land for women’s ownership, purchase from the market and state transfers. The WGWLO initially decided to focus on private land as 86% of arable land in India is privately owned. While looking at wider land issues, WGWLO has articulated usufruct rights of women, women farmer’s definition (considering all women as farmers, especially pastoral communities, salt farmers) and rights.

Our Objectives

Women's Ownership

Increase women’s access and ownership of land and other productive resources through ensuring effective implementation of laws for women’s entitlement to land and enable entitlements towards productive resources.

Undertake Advocacy

Undertake advocacy for policy initiatives — framing, change and analysis or critique — at state and national level to facilitate women’s land rights including ownership of and access to land and productive resources.

To Influence

Mainstream the issue of women’s land rights and rights of women farmers through influencing Government and Non-Government agencies, corporate houses and mass media.

Latest Events

Jilla samvad at Dahod district : August 20, 2015 | Bawla, Ahmadabad district : August 21, 2015 | Sagbara, Narmada district : August 21, 2015 | Dang district : August 21, 2015 | Meghraj, Aravaili district : August 21, 2015 | Vyara, Tapi district : August 27, 2015 | Bhavnagar district: August 28, 2015     |    Hosted Western Region meeting of MAKAAM by WGWLO on August 17-18, 2015 at HDRC, Ahmedabad     |    Workshop on "Land ownership as a livelihood issue for women" - organized by WGWLO, AKRSP and Pradan, for MP based NGOs, CBOs at Bhopal on August 25-26, 2015     |    Interaction with Padmashree Dr. Bina Agarwal - February 11, 2015     |    Participation by representative of WGWLO at National conference on "Drafting national policy for single women", and shared experiences of WGWLO on single's issues of land ownership.     |    Visit to WGWLO by four member team from Swiss Aid, Law College and SOPPECOM, Pune - March 12-13, 2014     |    Two member team visited Madhya Pradesh to explore working together on the issue of Women's Land Rights - March 12-14, 2015     |    Training Session on "Women's land ownership" for women counsellors at Police station and 181 Nirbhaya Helpline, organised by Gender Resource centre: March 16, 2015, at Ahemedabad     |    Taluka Mahila Khedut Zumbesh     |    Visit to Gandhinagar revenue department and ATMA: June 30, July 1, 2015     |    Lateral sharing workshop : July 28, 2015 at Ahemdabad     |    Training of Para Legal Workers: July 29, 30, 2015 at Ahemdabad     |    Joint Meeting of Steering Group and Advisory Group on July 2, at HDRC, Ahemdabad     |    Mamlatdar samvads held in May-June 15, 2015 SWATI- Radhanpur; Navjivan adivasi Mahila Manch- Sagbara; HDRC- Meghraj; Cohesion -Varahi; Sarthi- Santhalpur; BMVS- Bavla; Samerthan Mahila Sangh-Ghogha; ANANDI-Bariya; DGVS-Vyara; SWATI-Dhrangadhra     |    State Consultation, October 2015     |    Participation in MAKAAM Internal Meeting, November 2014     |    Single Women Advisory Meeting, Delhi, October 2014     |    Single Women Advisory Meeting, Delhi, October 2014     |    Steering Group Meeting: November, 30, 2015     |    Participation in the National Consultation on Community Forest Right and Goverenance - December 11, 12 , 2015 at New Delhi     |    Paralegal Worker Training - December 1,2 , 2015 at Ahmedabad     |    Supporting Ekalnari Shakti Sangathan - December 3,4 , 2015, Jharkhand     |    Supporting PRADAN, Dindori, Jabalpur - January 7,8,9 2016     |    Joint Meeting of Advisory and Steering Group - 2, February, 2016, Ahmedabad     |    Steering Group Meeting - Sepetember 2, 2016, Ahmedabad     |    Advisory Group Meeting - September 2,2016 , Ahmedabad     |    Participation in Ekta Parishad Workshop - October 2, 2016     |    Participation in MAKAM Western Region Meeting - August 21,2016     |    2 Days Training Programme for Staff Members and NGOs and CBOs on Legal aspect of Women and Land as well Agriculture Schemes - July 3,4 ,2016     |    Participation in Gram Uday to Bharat Uday - April 19 -21, 2016     |    Steering Group Meeting - December 26,2016, Ahmedabad     |    Steering Group Meeting -March 2017,Ahmedabad     |    તારીખ ૨૩, ૨૪, ૨૫ જાન્યુઆરી ૨૦૧૮ના રોજ મહિલા અને જમીન માલિકી તથા મહિલા ખેડૂત અને સજીવ ખેતીના મુદ્દે ક્ષમતાવર્ધન તાલીમ યોજાઈ જેમાં ૧૨ જીલ્લાના ૧૫ તાલુકા માંથી ૬૦ લોકો સહભાગી થયા.     |    



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